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Colleges in OBC quota dilemma

india Updated: Jul 09, 2012 02:08 IST
Shaswati Das
DU admission

New Delhi: Several Delhi University colleges are in a quandary over filling up seats reserved for applicants from other backward classes as the fourth round of admissions draws to a close.

Around 27% of DU’s 54,000 seats are reserved for OBC candidates.

"This year's admissions for the OBC quota have been extremely slow. This is despite lower cut-offs for various courses. No OBC applicant has gained admission in the economics honours and sociology honours courses so far. A few OBC candidates have, however, taken admission to the English honours course," said Gitesh Nirban, media, Kamla Nehru College.

According to Nirban, the problem is pronounced in women-only colleges. “The situation is more acute in girls' colleges. Only 40% of the seats reserved for OBC applicants have been filled up in our college,” Nirban added.

But some North Campus colleges, such as the Hindu College, have had over-admissions under the OBC quota. The exception, again, are girls' colleges such as Miranda House.

DU had earlier decided to notify colleges on July 18 to admit general category aspirants in order to fill up vacant OBC seats. Varsity teachers, however, felt that filling these seats with OBC candidates must be priority.

“The priority must be to lower the cut-offs and eligibility criteria, and fill up seats that had been reserved for the OBC category. There shouldn't be pressure from the varsity to turn over the vacant seats to general category candidates,” said Abha Dev Habib, professor of physics at Miranda House.

Varsity officials, however, said they would consider extending the deadline only after the fifth cut-off list was out.

“We will wait for the fifth cut-off list to decide where colleges stand in terms of admitting OBC candidates. First, they are required to lower the minimum eligibility by 10%. There well may be a 10th cut-off list for this category,” JM Khurana, DU’s dean of students’ welfare, said.

“The date for notification to colleges may be deferred depending on how many seats are vacant in colleges,” Khurana said.