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DU unable to fill reserved seats, student moves HC

delhi Updated: Sep 21, 2011 23:48 IST
Mallica Joshi
Mallica Joshi
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A student has filed a writ petition against the Delhi University (DU) for failing to convert vacant seats, reserved for OBC candidates, into general category at the law faculty.

In a reply to the Right to Information (RTI) query filed by Gaurav Tanwar, the university said it still had 50 vacant seats in the category.

According to a Supreme Court decision that came on August 17, in a “rare event” that no OBC candidate is found to qualify, the seat must be converted to general category.

While the RTI application was filed on August 20, after the open session for OBC seats, Tanwar and his friend, Saarthi Bhatia, sent complaints to the vice-chancellor, demanding that the seats be converted to general category.

“They tried hard to fill all seats, but it was not possible. Since there were not enough candidates, they should have converted all the seats,” said Bhatia.

The reply to the RTI came on September 1, a day after the admissions closed.

“We had no choice but to go to court. We hope that a decision is taken in the matter soon,” Bhatia said.

Vice-chancellor of DU, Dinesh Singh did not answer the phone calls. Even the dean of the Law Faculty could not be reached despite repeated attempts.