Taking a serious note of several complaints regarding colleges in Ludhiana not following the proper admission policy in BCom courses, Arun Kumar Grover, vice-chancellor, Panjab University (PU), had appointed committee comprising two observers to check discrepancy.
These observers-RK Gupta, PU co-coordinator for BCom centralised admissions, and Ram Mehar from the distance education department, PU, visited Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, GGN Khalsa College, Shree Atam Vallabh Jain College, SCD Government College and Khalsa College for Women, on Tuesday and found that some colleges were not admitting candidates in reserved categories and some colleges were overcharging the admission fee from candidates.
Talking to HT, Gupta said, “Many colleges have been found not following the proper reservation policy. Many colleges were found just admitting students from general category only.”
He added, “While according to the university rules, colleges have to follow the reservation policy, in which, they have to admit students from Scheduled Caste (SC), Backward Class (BC), single girl child, defence, cancer and handicapped, etc. There have been several reports that colleges are not accepting forms of served category students and are charging more fee than the set rules.”
“Analysing the entire situation in colleges, I believe that we need centralised admissions when it comes to BCom first-year. Yesterday, a parent from
Ludhiana also complained to me regarding discrepancies in BCom admissions,” he added.
Surjit Singh, a parent, said, “I, along with my son, visited Arya College on July 7 for admission in BCom course. Till 3pm, around 100 seats were filled so we decided to come on Tuesday. When we visited the college on Tuesday, officials at the college said that all 280 seats had already filled on Monday.”
“The college neither updated the list on the notice board nor provided any information about how all seats were filled on day one of the admission process. The authorities must look into the matter and take appropriate action against anyone found guilty.”
Despite repeated attempts, RC Tejpal, principal, Arya College, was not available for comments.
RS Jhanji, principal of AS College, Khanna, said, “We have been following all university norms, and had even started online mode of admission for BCom students seven years ago.”
He added that there were total 140 seats for BCom in the college and some of the seats were still vacant in the college.