Colleges that refuse to follow rules and an administration that says it is helpless in reining them in. This in short has been the story of University of Delhi (DU) since the second day of admission after the first cut-off list was announced.
After College of Vocational Studies (CVS) refused admission to applicants in English, Maharaja Agrasen College denied admissions in computer science and Sri Aurobindo College in chemistry, it was the turn of Swami Shraddhanand College to turn away aspirants seeking admission in its botany course on Friday.
As the students who were denied admission by College of Vocational Studies continued protesting for the eighth day, authorities at Swami Shraddhanand College didn’t even allow hundreds of aspirants who met the third cut-off list to enter the premises as the institution claimed it had already “over admitted students”.
“I reached the college at 9am to take admission after making the cut under the third list. The college had declared its cut-off for botany as 68% and a number of other applicants were also there to take admission.
The college, however, refused to let us enter. We heard that they had already filled more than the sanctioned number of seats. The rule, however, says that all applicants are supposed to be admitted,” said Nidhi, an applicant who along with 20 other applicants filed a complaint at the office of the Dean Students’ Welfare later.
The university rule clearly states that all applicants who have met the cut-off have to be admitted, irrespective of the sanctioned number of seats in a college. The rule was also another reason for prominent DU colleges declaring high cut-offs.
University experts are also trying to find out the reason behind the sudden drop in cut-offs in off-campus colleges, which they said could be because of a college’s decision to favour an individual.
“It is likely that a college perhaps wanted to oblige a particular candidate and lowered the cut-off accordingly. After admitting that particular candidate, they locked their gates. Why else would they bring down their cut-off drastically despite knowing that the number of candidates is huge,” said a senior DU official.
What has been more frustrating for the applicants is the seeming inability of DU authorities to take any action and ensure their admission. The office of the Dean Students’ Welfare has tried making calls to the college principals but no one has responded. The office is now in the process of sending letters to college principals, asking them to explain their decision of denying admission to eligible candidates.