Delhi University’s Maharaja Agrasen College witnessed some chaos on Friday morning as admission in-charges for B.Tech in computer science and electronics refused to accept filled completed forms of aspirants and left their stations unattended claiming that the college had already admitted more students than the sanctioned strength.
The college administration also refused to accept any forms claiming that it was yet to process the previous day’s applications. Applicants, along with their anxious parents, waited for hours after which they were informed that admission to B.Tech computer science had been closed due to ‘over admission’.
According to university rules, all students who meet the cut-off have to be given admission, irrespective of the colleges’ sanctioned strength.
“We have been waiting for the past four hours and the administration has not yet accepted our forms. I was here yesterday too and my form was not accepted. Now they are saying that all the seats are full,” said Prakash, one of the many students waiting in queue since Friday morning.
“I did not have my child’s provisional certificate yesterday so I could not submit the form. However, the teachers assured me that admissions will remain open till Saturday. But then they refused to accept my form today,” said Monica Singh, a parent.
Later, when a group of agitated parents staged a protest, principal of the college Sunil Sondhi made an appearance and tried to pacify them.
“I admit that there was a slight glitch. The teachers left the admission counter because they needed time to scrutinise the documents. The 150 students, who had applied to both the courses, were asked to come back at 11am on Saturday. But the students insisted that they want it done on Friday. I personally met the parents as well as the students; all will be accommodated in the course that they have applied for,” Sondhi said.
The parents also met the Dean of students’ welfare, JM Khurana, who assured them that their wards would be given admission on Saturday.
“The college will not be allowed to follow arbitrary norms. All students who meet the cut-off and wish to take admission will have to be accommodated by the college,” he said.