Lifting the fog that has been clouding the much-awaited admission process, Delhi University officials on Saturday said that there would be no major changes this year.
“We do not want to change the policy each year and confuse students. The committee set up for admission matters has submitted its report and restricting the number of colleges or courses that a student can apply to is not on the cards this year,” said director, South Campus, Umesh Rai.
The committee had proposed a change in the admission process to college principals whereby an aspirant would be allowed to apply to only six colleges. A proposal to limit the number of courses one can apply was also floated.
The university had sought the principals’ view and suggestions on the matter. According to the existing admission policy, aspirants are free to apply to as many colleges and courses as they want.
The changes were suggested to ensure that colleges don’t admit more students than the number of seats, something that has become a regular feature. The university is bound to admit all those students who meet the cut-off, irrespective of the total number of sanctioned seats.
Last year, six colleges were charged with refusing to admit eligible students as they had already admitted more students than the total number of seats.
Over admission, in fact, is a serious problem in the university with colleges forced to admit more students than they can even seat. Last year, students in the university were forced to write their exams in a school field where a tent was installed for them. Others were forced to sit in laboratories and canteens due to the lack of space.
According to sources in the varsity, however, curtailing the number of choices for students was not pragmatic.
“The university has been trying to make its admission process smoother for students. Passing this policy would have been a step backwards and we do not want to go that way,” said an official on condition of anonymity.
According to others, colleges do not have the infrastructure to manage the kind of complexities that would have arisen had the new policy been adopted.The university is expected to announce this years’ complete policy in the coming week.