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High cut-offs stump OBC students

With the rise in cut-offs in Delhi University,students from Other Backward Classes are finding themselves the worst hit.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi |
June 19, 2011 1:21:41 am

With the rise in cut-offs in Delhi University,students from Other Backward Classes (OBC) are finding themselves the worst hit. Unlike SC/ST students who have to register at the university and are then allotted colleges,OBC candidates get upto 10 per cent relaxation against the general category students. But as the cut-offs have spiraled upwards,the bar seems to have been set too high for several of these students.

While,the cut-off for OBC students at SRCC is 94 to 98 per cent,at Hindu and Hansraj they range from 91 to 96 per cent.

Sarmishtha Jena,an OBC student from Bokaro,said,“The cut-offs are too high. This plays into the hands of students from urban,educated cities who just want to use the OBC tag.”

As a result of the high cut-offs,several students are asking for a system similar to that of SC/ST students. Sibabrata Saha,another OBC student,said,“For SC/ST there is a centralised process,so the candidates compete against each other in a level playing field. For us,there are the cut-offs to contend with as well,which ruin our chances.”

What is making matters worse is that there is no uniform relaxation policy. Sunny Kumar,member of All India Students Association (AISA),said,“Colleges don’t give proper relaxation and there is need for a uniform marks relaxation policy. They say they will reduce it after the first list,but they don’t and seats go vacant.”

As per an RTI filed by the Academic Forum for Social Justice in March 2011,a majority of colleges had OBC seats going vacant in 2010. At Hindu College,while there were 252 vacancies,only 155 were allotted. Gargi College saw only 181 of 366 OBC seats filled,while at LSR the number was 70 admissions as opposed to 203 vacancies.

Kedar Mandal,president of the Forum,said “Lack of proper mechanism in place is later used to convert these OBC seats into general seats. At present,only two to three colleges fully implement the full 10 per cent relaxation.”

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