SUCCUMBING TO student leaders pressure, Lucknow University has indicated it would increase the number of undergraduate seats by 10 to 25 per cent under the self-financing category. It may also give admission to high merit PG candidates who could turn up to complete the admission formalities provided they come out with convincing reasons.
The final decision would be taken at an emergent admission committee meeting scheduled to be held on Monday, sources said. A meeting of student leaders and LU officials was held on Saturday in which it was resolved to raise the number of UG seats in particular. Pro V-C RS Yadav, controller examination RBS Verma, deans and almost all student leaders attended this meeting which, according to LU officials, was held in a very “amicable atmosphere”. “They pleaded us to raise UG seats to which we agreed. But they were told that final decision would be taken by the admission committee,” said an official.
As per the proposal, B Com seats would increase by 25 per cent while of BA by 20 per cent. In B Sc Bio and Maths, 10 per cent seats are to be raised in each group. But if student leaders were to be believed, the varsity had also agreed to raise the number of PG seats by 10 per cent in regular category. But in these seats only those would be given admission who hold higher merit but could not turn up on the appointed date.
LU officials, however, said admissions to PG courses would be conditional. Interestingly, almost a week back, through an official communiqué, LU V-C RP Singh has categorically said they have no capacity to take any further load by increasing the number seats. He then said that demand of student leaders to increase UG seats have been met explicitly, hence, there was no merit in their demand for any further increase. Singh said further increase in seats would now depend upon the government.