Admission to Delhi University for some students of the reserved categories has been a taxing experience this year.
Devendra Kumar was issued an OBC category caste certificate by the Bihar government, but the university has denied him admission under the OBC category, because his caste does not come under OBC category in Central government list. “All this while I was told that I am an OBC candidate. I don’t know what to do now,” he said.
After the administration refused to accept a printout of Ritu Kumari’s provisional marksheet, she went back and got the printout attested by her school principal.
Officials have now refused to entertain her candidature saying that only the original marksheet will be accepted, which the Haryana education board has still not issued. “I have been running to and fro, I still don’t understand the issue,” she said.
Students from the SC/ST category also complain that the admission process is completely opaque for them. “Unlike the candidates from the OBC category, I don’t know which college to apply for, which college to fill in preference list and what to expect,” said Hitesh Kumar, an SC/ST category applicant.
Complaints against the administration also include: no hotel accommodations; admissions of SC/ST students not being done on basis of actual intake and requirement of Class X/XII Board examination certificates, which are not asked of general category students.
SK Vij, dean, students’ welfare, DU, responded by saying that admissions to the reserved category are done centrally at DU, so the need for Class X and XII marks, and since a print-out of the marksheet wasn’t a legal document, it needed to be attested.
“The basic problem is that students don’t read the notifications, information issued on our website and our pamphlets properly before coming,” Vij said. “We are doing our best to ensure a smooth process for students, and we also provide counselling to the students.”