Candidates applying for Journalism at Delhi University found themselves in a fix after south campus’ Lady Shri Ram College deducted 2 percentage points for all those applicants who had not studied journalism or mass communication as a subject in class 12.
“Even after scoring 95% and meeting the cutoff I am not getting admission in Journalism course just because I have not studied it in my boards. Nothing like this is mentioned on the college website and I am highly disappointed as I was so happy that I got through LSR”, said Sakshi Saxena, an aspirant who had come from Bareilly, UP.
The college set the first cutoff at 96% and on Thursday released the second cutoff which stood at 94%. Though the university allows individual colleges to set their own eligibility criteria for admissions, LSR was the only college among five other institutions to set such criteria.
Kamala Nehru, Maharaja Agrasen, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Kalindi and IP College for women are the others who offer journalism as a course.
“We do not have such eligibility criteria in our college. The student who meets the cutoff is getting an admission in the course”, said Vinay Rai, an official from Maharaja Agrasen College.
Unlike other subjects, most schools in the capital do not offer journalism in class 12 and thus such a deduction created a massive confusion among candidates who sought admission for the course in LSR.
However, the college officials claimed that they had amply notified the criteria for admission on the college website. “We are just following the guidelines given by Delhi University. There is 2% deduction for those taking up a subject they did not have in their class 12. We are simply abiding by the university rules”, said Prabha Rani, admission convener, LSR.
Many students claimed that they were left with only two options: either shift to another course or choose another DU college.