Students seeking admission under the SC/ST category in Delhi University (DU) have complained of 'irregularities' in the process.
While counselling for students of the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category began on Tuesday, that of Scheduled Caste (SC) students is due to take place on Thursday.
Some students have complained that they are being denied admission by the college allotted to them by DU. Others have claimed that the university has refused to withdraw their admission, despite repeated requests.
"I wanted to pursue the BA (programme) course, but on Tuesday I was told that I couldn't be given admission. I had been standing in the queue and by the time my turn came, it was already 1pm and the authorities decided to close admissions. So almost 10 of us were denied admission for no fault of ours," said Deepak Kumar, who had sought admission in Sri Aurobindo College.
Students also claimed that even though they had written to DU officials to withdraw their admissions, officials had refused to do so.
"I had been given admission under the SC/ST category in Bhagini Nivedita College. But later I realised that there was no way of commuting to the college and it was extremely unsafe, so I decided to cancel my admission. But when I approached the authorities in DU, they said they wouldn't be able to help me and that I had no option but to take it up," said Nikita Verma (name changed), an aspirant.
DU officials, however, strongly objected to such claims.
"Students have three days in which they can go and seek admission in the college they have been allotted. Why do they go on the last day, just a few minutes before admission closes? Also, students are allotted the colleges after a computerised selection process. If they did not want the college chosen, they should have surrendered their slip and not come to us after taking admission in the college. Cancelling admission after being admitted is not allowed," said JM Khurana, dean students' welfare, DU.