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Blockbuster 09: DU grosses its highest

Seven thousand more seats, increase in the income ceiling for OBC candidates and unreliability of private universities has pushed up the number of applications to Delhi University. Swaha Sahoo reports.

education Updated: Jun 16, 2009 01:14 IST
Swaha Sahoo

Seven thousand more seats, increase in the income ceiling for OBC candidates and unreliability of private universities has pushed up the number of applications to Delhi University.

On Monday—the final day of submission of pre admission —DU received almost 21,000 more applications than last year. The final number of forms submitted stood at 1,13,471 against 92,758 in 2008.

SK Vij, Dean Students’ Welfare, confirmed this year’s was the highest number of applications DU ever received for undergraduate courses.

The total number of undergraduate seats available is 49,000, making it two candidates for each seat.

Many aspirants are banking on the 7,000 extra undergraduate seats to see them through.

Most aspirants queuing up to deposit forms on Monday were wary of a rise in cutoff. But a Supreme Court directive asking all empty OBC seats to be given to open category gave them hope.

“I am putting my hopes on the extra 7,000 seats DU is offering this year,” said Ishu Panjwani, applying for BSc (H) Chemistry.

An increase in income ceiling for OBC candidates from Rs 2.5 lakh last year to Rs 4.5 lakh this year is also responsible.

Last year, almost half the seats reserved for the OBC category fell vacant, forcing the government to increase the income ceiling for OBC applicants to Rs 4.5 lakh.

The recent controversy regarding the status of deemed universities and private universities has also encouraged students to choose DU.

“There is a shift from private universities to more reliable government institutions,” said Suman Verma, Joint Dean (Students Welfare).

Verma said it was too early to comment on the affect on the cutoff for various courses.