Several Delhi University seats reserved for applicants from the other backward classes are vacant at a time the varsity is out with its third list of cut-off percentages.
DU has set aside 27% of its 54,000 seats for OBC applicants. There are no takers for some of the seats in several courses and colleges, the cut-offs for which range between 70% and 95%.
“OBC candidates have turned up for admissions to only 30% of the seats reserved for them. This year, the admissions to the reserved seats have been at a dismal pace, though the cut-offs for several courses have been reduced. This is because few OBC youngsters know about the higher number of seats and relaxation in percentages,” said an official at Kamla Nehru College.
The admissions to reserved seats in some of the traditionally more popular commerce and humanities courses such as BCom (Hons) and BA (Hons) in economics have been slow.
“Admissions to most science courses, including physics honours, chemistry honours, math honours and electronics honours, are over. But only 40% of the seats that had been reserved for OBC candidates have been filled,” said VCS Rao, media coordinator, Sri Venkateswara College.
The picture is different in North Campus colleges which have reported “over-admissions” to seats reserved for OBC candidates in some courses.
“Around 80% of the total seats have been filled. We have given admissions to 228 applicants with over-admissions in some of the courses. We have given admissions to more OBC candidates than we can accommodate in math honours. But reserved seats in courses like BCom (Hons) and economics honours are yet to be filled up,” said Praduman Kumar, principal, Hindu College.
Several students and teachers alleged on Monday that there were discrepancies while admitting OBC candidates to Ramjas College, but DU officials said manipulating figures was next to impossible.
The officials said that if by the end of admissions any reserved seats remained vacant, a notification turning them over to general category applicants could be issued.