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Chunk of OBC seats still vacant

delhi Updated: Jul 07, 2010 01:12 IST
Mallica Joshi
Mallica Joshi
Hindustan Times
Delhi University

While most seats in Delhi University are already full, candidates from the OBC category still have a chance to make it to their dream college and course.

The fourth cut-off list announced by the university on Tuesday shows that most colleges have seats open in all humanities and commerce courses, including coveted courses such as B Com (Honours) and Psychology (Honours), in the OBC category. Science courses, on the other hand, are mostly full.

Most colleges are having trouble filling the seats under this category even after reducing the cut-off percentage by the maximum permissible limit of 10 per cent.

"Even after reducing the percentage by the maximum limit, the admissions under the OBC category are few. We still have 179 seats to fill out of the almost 250 seats on offer. It is proving to be very difficult," said Asha Kohli, admission in-charge, Kamla Nehru College .

Even at Shri Ram College for Commerce, eight seats are still vacant in B Com (Honours).

Teachers feel if the admissions do not pick up, they may not be able to fill the seats. If seats are vacant till August, they will have to be filled by general category students.

"If we look at the trend currently, I doubt the seats in the OBC category will be filled. There are not too many applicants," said Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College .

Colleges say the 10 per cent differential between the general category and the OBC category students is proving to be quite high.

"While the number of seats on offer for OBC candidates has gone up substantially, the candidates who scored well are less. That is why there is a problem in filling seats," said VK Kwatra, principal, Hansraj College . The college has managed to fill up 60 per cent OBC seats to date.