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Seat crunch in Delhi colleges

Getting into a college of your choice may be more difficult this year. But do not be disheartened.

india Updated: May 25, 2006 02:32 IST

Getting into a college of your choice may be more difficult this year. But do not be disheartened. Look for higher-education options elsewhere -- even outside Delhi.

This year, around 1.10 lakh students passed the CBSE Class XII exams from Delhi alone. And on offer are less than 60,000 seats -- in central, state and private universities put together. This means, for close to 50,000 students from Delhi (around 45 per cent of the passouts this year), the city offers no opportunity in higher education.

Delhi University, which offers a huge chunk of 43,000 seats, is a central university and takes in outstation students for 7-8 per cent seats. JNU offers 4,000-odd seats for language courses at the undergraduate level. Entry is through national-level entrance tests. This leaves IP University and Amity University with about 9,000 seats.

The large number of students who have got above 90 per cent does not make things any easy, ensuring that most students who have scored less than 80 per cent get nudged out of the race. Hindu College principal Kavita Sharma says, "Since the results are good this year, the cut-off may rise by between 2 and 3 per cent for popular courses like English, Economics and BCom. This means more students will get nudged out. They will have to look for opportunities elsewhere."

She says strengthening higher education was the only way out. "Several Delhi students are heading for universities in other states. Many others are headed abroad. The government has to concentrate on developing 200 state universities," she says.