Failed to secure a seat in the college or course of your choice at Delhi University (DU)?
Here’s some good news.
The door of opportunity (or should we say admission) is still open.
On Monday, several colleges affiliated to DU started converting their vacant OBC seats into general category ones.
A conservative estimate shows that up to 1,000 seats in different courses across as many as 60 colleges may once again be open for admission.
These include sought after institutions such as Gargi College, Kirori Mal College and IP College, among others.
IP College has as many as 60 seats vacant across courses such as History (Honours), English (Honours), B.A. (Programme) and Psychology (Honours). Hansraj has 45 seats to fill across 10 courses, which include Economics, Physics, Hindi, History and English.
The conversion is in consonance with the Supreme Court orders, according to which all vacant OBC (other backward castes) seats should go to the general category.
August 15 was the last date for admission to DU.
All unfilled OBC seats now have to be released for open competition. So this year, for the very first time, students have a second shot at admission to DU.
One would be wrong to call this unforeseen. Many aspirants this year, in fact, had their hopes pegged on these seats falling vacant. This led to the varsity registering a highest number of applications ever.
The final number of forms submitted stood at 1.13 lakh, approximately, which is almost 21,000 more than last year.
The procedure for the second round of admission will depend on the colleges.
“The university is not involved. Colleges are free to admit students on their own. Students are, therefore, advised to check with the institutions individually. They can even accept fresh applications if they want,” said SK Vij, dean of students welfare, DU.
So, while some colleges are (like Kirori Mal and Hansraj) are only accepting applications from students who had applied to them in June, there are also others (IP College and Maitreyi College) who are accepting fresh applications. “Those who missed by a margin would not wait till the last date. We need to fill up these seats and it makes sense to invite fresh applications,” said Savita M Dutta, principal, Maitreyi College.