Adding a new column in its centralised admission forms, Delhi University will now ask students to mention if they belong to an Other Backward Caste (OBC), to help students avail the 27 per cent reservation if it is given the go ahead by the Supreme Court.
“We will obviously wait for the Supreme Court’s decision in the matter. But this is to ensure that we are prepared in case the OBC reservation has to be implemented this year,” said S.K. Vij, dean, students' welfare.
Principals of some colleges had earlier expressed concern over the continuing flip-flop of the issue, saying it will be difficult to make changes once the forms are printed. “We are yet to get the circular. But are OBC students going to be admitted directly by the colleges or the dean students' welfare's office as is done in the case of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and physically challenged students? This is a huge number of students we are talking about,” said Rajendra Prasad, principal Ramjas College.
Prasad said the university was yet to devise a mechanism for the admission of these students. “The SC hearing is on May 8. If OBC reservations are cleared, it will be too late to implement it. DU should take a clear stand in the matter,” said Prasad.
However, others are prepared to tackle the situation. “The university has asked us to include students' OBC status in our forms. Colleges can directly conduct admissions for OBC students, as many will get in on general seats purely on merit. The university can also conduct admissions, provided they have the data from colleges,” said Jaswinder Singh, principal Khalsa College.
Singh said although the Moily Committee had made a recommendation to implement 27 per cent reservation in the first year in arts and social sciences courses, the university was devising its own mechanism.