After days of suspense, Nitisha Verma, 17, finally knows that she will not be able to make it to Delhi University. The university's notice, issued on Monday, which states that the 27% seats reserved for Other Backward Classes
(OBC) candidates cannot be filled by general category students has at last brought clarity to thousands of students and parents.
The order states that colleges will have to lower cut-off percentage by more than 10% if seats remain vacant. Till last year, these vacant seats were converted into general category seats if OBC students fitting the bill were not found.
Nitisha is a general category student who was waiting to get through BCom (Honours) in Hansraj College since she was 0.5% below the cut-off mark.
While this news has brought cheer to some and gloom to many others, it does have colleges in a fix.
"Since we hold an entrance test for all our courses, we have an exact idea about the number of candidates that will come to us from the general, SC/ST and OBC category. We were unable to fill some OBC seats and lowered the cut-off for both the general and the OBC category to accommodate more OBC students," said Poonam Verma, principal, Shaheed Sukhdev College for Business Studies.
“After the verdict came out, there are some things we need to clarify. Only then will a clear picture emerge,” she added.
Other colleges, meanwhile, said there will be some problems in filling the vacant seats.
"We are left with very few seats in the OBC category. The drop in cut-off marks is not much, around 1%-2%. The
seats will be filled easily but students who will join late will have problem in catching up," said Bhim Sen Singh, principal, Kirori Mal College.
Some colleges, however, are still trying to gauge the number of vacant seats in each course. Hindu College may also bring down cut-offs for OBC by a small margin in its humanities courses.
In some off-campus colleges, the directive by the university prohibiting conversion of the OBC seats into general
category seats has come with its own set of worries.
Most fear mass withdrawals by students if more sought-after colleges bring down OBC cut-offs.