Hindu college may have been a little too ambitious with its first cutoff for Economics (H) this year. While general quota admissions for this course in reputed colleges are either closed (Shri Ram College of Commerce, Ramjas College and Indraprastha College) or nearing completion (Daulat Ram College, Jesus and Mary College) after the first list, Hindu had not been able to kickstart the process till Monday. None of its 27 general and five OBC seats was filled up after the declaration of the first list.
According to the data collated by the college after the first admission list (a copy of which HT has seen) only two Schedule Caste and two Schedule Tribe candidates have taken admission in Economics (H). One student has secured a seat under the quota meant for children and widows of officers and men of the armed forces.
Considering the popularity of Hindu’s Economics (H) course and the college pitching the second highest cutoff (93.25 to 96.5 per cent) after SRCC this year, this revelation comes across as a surprise.
The teacher in charge of the department, however, refused to comment on the issue. “I would not like to divulge the number of candidates admitted based on the first list. What I can say is that the response to our first cutoff has been poor. This could be because we pitched our qualifying marks a little too high. But now we have brought it down by close to 3 per cent in the second list,” said Niti Bhutani, acting teacher in-charge, Economics Department, Hindu College. HT could not reach Principal Kavita Sharma for a response.
The drop in the Economics (H) cutoffs for Hindu is the highest among the top colleges, including Hansraj College, Miranda House (MH), Sri Venkateswara, Jesus and Mary College and Lady Shri Ram College (LSR). While MH has filled up 31 out 47 seats in Economics (H), LSR has completed close to 75 per cent of its admission to this course after the first list. Hansraj College filled up two-thirds of its Economics seats after the first list.