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Lottery system for admission not feasible,DU tells SRCC

The number of students has gone up,but the required resources have not seen much improvement. To solve the problem,SRCC suggested the lottery system.

Struggling to handle the student overload,Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) suggested to use the lottery system for admission this year. The Delhi University,however,has turned down the proposal saying it was not feasible to implement this academic session.

The university will start the admission process on June 5,SRCC principal P C Jain said the college has been admitted almost double the sanctioned strength every year. “The university,or the government,hands funds to colleges on the basis of the sanctioned strength of students. However,we have been admitting at least twice the number of students,” Jain said.

So,while the number of students has gone up,the required resources have not seen much improvement.

“The college does not receive funds for the extra number of students. Last year,the colleges were asked to admit reserved category students on the basis of actual intake of general category students. The result is that against a sanctioned strength of around 20 seats,we admitted more than 120 students,” Jain said.

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To solve the problem,the college suggested the lottery system.

“Entrance tests can (also) be conducted. But,tests can be conducted only by the university,not by colleges. Another option can be by introducing interviews as part of the admission process. However,there is an element of subjectivity with regard to interviews,” Jain said.

Dean of Students’ Welfare J M Khurana said,“Such a thing (lottery system) is out of question for admissions this session.”

First published on: 12-05-2013 at 01:41:09 am
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