If you are a general category student, then your chances of getting admission in Delhi University has just gone up.
From this academic year, vacant OBC seats in DU colleges will go to candidates from general category. This is in accordance with a Supreme Court ruling of September 2008.
“Since the SC ruling came after admissions were over last year, we could not implement it. But it will be implemented this year,” said SK Vij, Dean (Students Welfare) on Friday.
He was announcing the admission policy for 2009-2010 academic session.
Last year, the university had failed to score with OBC candidates, with almost 50 per cent seats reserved for OBCs going vacant.
7,000 more seats
Last year 92,758 students had applied for 42,000 seats at the university.
This year DU will offer 7,000 more seats for its undergraduate programmes, taking the total number of seats to 49,000.
“The university will have 7,000 more seats this year after implementing 18 per cent OBC quota. The cut-off for OBC candidates can be decreased to a maximum of 10 per cent from the cut-off for general category students,” said Vij.
The number of OBC seats available will be approximately 10,500. General category seats will be around 27,500.
“Students can apply to 63 colleges and 43 courses without having to go to each college individually,” said S.K. Vij, Dean (Students Welfare).
The Dean said they have also made the information bulletin student-friendly by introducing a distance chart and giving more information on bus routes and metro feeder routes.
Restructuring the SC/ST admission process
The university has tried to provide more opportunities for students taking admission under the SC/ST category.
“Earlier, a SC/ST student couldn’t change the college and the course once allocated. But this year a student would be able to do so,” said Vij. Total number of seats available to SC/ST students is approximately 11,000.
Interpreter for some
“Last year we introduced information in Braille for visually challenged students. This year there will be a sign language interpreter for hearing and speech impaired,” Vij said.