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Delhi students may lose out on top courses

delhi Updated: Jun 20, 2008 02:52 IST
Swaha Sahoo
Swaha Sahoo
Hindustan Times
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Applicants from the city far outnumber outstation students seeking admission to Delhi University this year. But it is the outstation students who stand a better chance of getting the top courses in the sought after colleges.

An analysis of the centralised common pre-admission forms reveals that the ratio of local and outstation applicants is around 70:30 this year. “After introducing pin codes in the optical mark reader forms this year, we’ve tracked the number of applications coming from Delhi, which does not include NCR. We have 64,090 forms from Delhi and 27,000 from outside Delhi,” said Suman Verma, Joint Dean (students welfare).

<b1>Regional affiliations don’t guarantee city students a seat in Delhi University’s top courses or popular colleges, say the principals. “A lot of Delhi candidates do apply but the best courses are taken by outstation candidates with high scores,” said Sri Ram College of Commerce Principal P.C. Jain. “We have applicants from Tamil Nadu and West Bengal Boards with scores of 95 per cent and more. Since boards across the country have witnessed good results this year, Delhi students are bound to lose out,” adds Jain.

In 2007, only 110 students from Delhi made it to SRCC against 203 outstation ones. Ramjas College Principal Rajendra Prasad confirms a strong representation of outstation candidates this year. “We have numerous candidates from state Boards with 92 per cent and above and they will definitely land good courses at DU.”

On the mark
Total applications from Delhi students
64,090
Applications from outstation students
27,000
Forms not marked with pin codes
1,400

In 2007, the admission ratio of outstation to Delhi candidates in popular courses at Lady Sri Ram College was 70:30. “In courses like Economics, commerce, psychology, journalism and English, 70 per cent of students who qualify are outstation candidates. However, other courses have an almost 50:50 ratio,” said the college’s media coordinator Kanika Khandelwal.

Last year, seats at Hans Raj College were divided equally between local and outstation candidates. “This year, applicants from Bihar, UP and Assam have scored 90 per cent or more in courses like B.Com (H) and BA (H) Economics. They will score over Delhi applicants with 80 to 90 per cent marks,” says Hans Raj Principal S.R. Arora.