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DU frames new guidelines for OBC admissions

Candidates from Other Backward Communities (OBC) seeking admission to reserved seats in Delhi University will be given a 10 per cent relaxation in the eligibility criteria in the qualifying examination and will be eligible for admission to reserved seats as long as they fulfill the eligibility.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 17, 2012 3:01:15 am

Candidates from Other Backward Communities (OBC) seeking admission to reserved seats in Delhi University will be given a 10 per cent relaxation in the eligibility criteria in the qualifying examination and will be eligible for admission to reserved seats as long as they fulfill the eligibility,Delhi University has notified ahead of the 2012- 2013 admission season has stated.

Conversion of reserved seats will be allowed only if OBC candidates who meet the minimum eligibility criteria for admission to a course are unavailable,the university has said. The notification dated April 11 essentially means that colleges will have to bring their ‘cutoffs’ for OBC seats down to the relaxed minimum eligibility criteria before they can seek conversion of OBC seats to general,university officials said.

The notification comes in response to a Supreme Court ruling in August 2011 upholding 10 per cent relaxation in minimum eligibility criteria (as opposed to cutoffs) for admission to seats reserved for OBC students in central universities.

For most under-graduate courses in the University the minimum eligibility criteria is 45 or 50 per cent. Non-creamy layer candidates who figure in the Central government list of OBCs will get a relaxation equal to 10 per cent of the minimum eligibility for general category candidates.

“If the minimum eligibility condition for admission to a course is 50 per cent for general candidates,that for OBC candidates will be 45 per cent ( 50 per cent less 10 per cent of 50 per cent),” the notification states,echoing the court ruling.

“Only if OBC candidates possessing the minimum eligibility marks are not available in the reserved category can the vacant seats be converted into general category seats in accordance with the admission schedule notified by the university,” the new guidelines said.

Under-graduate OBC admissions at Delhi University last year had been fraught with confusion after colleges had interpreted relaxation in minimum eligibility criteria as a relaxation — different in different colleges and courses — of up to ten points in cutoff percentages,leading to many OBC seats lying vacant even after classes began due to unavailability of OBC candidates who could meet the high cutoffs.

It was late into last year’s admission season that the university asked colleges to lower cutoffs beyond the 10 per cent relaxation and also forbid them from converting any OBC seats to general category.

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