A seat in the College of Art for Rs. 100,000. Coaching centres are luring aspirants with such promises this admission season.
Such claims have been used to dupe many aspirants desperate to get into the college, which is considered to be among the best in South Asia.
Posters and banners on the college gate and buildings advertise coaching institutes that prepare aspirants to take the Bachelor’s of fine arts entrance test.
One such centre — the Formative Study Circle — assures aspirants that they will get into the college regardless of their performance in the test. A handout released by the institute reads, “If your performance at the test happens to be not good, visit us by prior appointment to discuss your performance. If really bad performance you may opt for sponsored (non-resident Indian category — if financially comfortable).”
Hindustan Times correspondents, posing as aspirants, called the Formative Study Circle and asked about the “NRI quota”. Officials at the coaching centre told the correspondents that the college had five seats reserved under the NRI category. The capitation fee, the officials added, would be four times that the fees — around Rs. 1 lakh per seat.
The pamphlets distributed by the coaching centre assured to the “financially comfortable” admission to the college, despite faring poorly in the test.
When reminded that no Delhi University college has any NRI quota, the director of the coaching centre, Anirudh Singh, began fumbling for words and promised that he would make corrections in the pamphlet.
The college has, meanwhile, rubbished all claims of the coaching centre. “There is no NRI quota in the college. NRI and foreign students can apply but admission by paying a capitation fee is just not possible. We had lodged a complaint against similar miscreants last year as well and got the pamphlets removed,” said M Vijayamohan, principal, College of Art.