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Chaos rules last-minute DU admissions

Delhi University on Thursday asked its affiliated colleges to issue a fresh merit list after parents and students reported problems with the first one released on Wednesday evening.

DU admissions 2016 Updated: Jul 29, 2016 09:35 IST
Shradha Chettri
Delhi University on Thursday asked its affiliated colleges to issue a fresh merit list after parents and students reported problems with the first one released on Wednesday evening.
Delhi University on Thursday asked its affiliated colleges to issue a fresh merit list after parents and students reported problems with the first one released on Wednesday evening. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

Delhi University on Thursday asked its affiliated colleges to issue a fresh merit list after parents and students reported problems with the first one released on Wednesday evening.

The order created more confusion with some colleges deciding to hold counselling sessions for admission and others preparing the merit list.

For instance, Hindu College and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (DDU) College have released a cutoff and said anyone above the minimum mark could come for counselling on Friday.

DDU that has vacant seats for BA programme and English (hons) has declared the cutoff at 86.25% and 90%. The college has said anyone above the cutoff can gather at the seminar hall and take admission. Hindu College has released a provisional list of names, but also said those above the cutoff could attend the counselling.

Aryabhatta College said the identification of documents was taking longer than anticipated. Ramjas College said the students who had registered should meet the admission in charge on Friday with original documents.

For those colleges that have released the merit list for certain courses, there are many more students on the merit list than the vacant seats declared.

For instance, at Sri Venkateswara College where there were just 8 just vacant seats declared for economics (hons), 22 names are on the merit list. All the 22 students on the list have 95.75 % marks.

“If all students on the list have the same marks, then the colleges cannot deny admission. This will ultimately lead to over admission in colleges. In some cases, there will be no second or third merit list,” said a university official.

On Thursday, students who had applied to different colleges and had higher marks than those on the merit list could not find their names on the list. With some colleges having cutoff of over 95%, some students were missing out on the last chance to grab a seat.

THE REASONS BEHIND THIS PROBLEM:

The university changed the rule on July 25 that those students who had already taken admission could re-apply. These students applied at the last moment and only half of the data had reached the colleges when the merit list was declared late on Wednesday.

The other issue was that colleges received a high number of applications for few seats in different colleges. The colleges struggled with the large amount of data. For instance, at Hansraj College for 50 seats in all categories, there were close to 54,000 applications. They just had a day to process the data and release the merit list.