DU adds 5 seats in each college to admit the ‘Covid-hit’

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The Delhi University (DU) has determined to add 315 seats in undergraduate course throughout its 63 affiliated faculties — 5 in each establishment, as a one-time measure to enable registered college students who couldn’t get admission due to any motive associated to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a notification issued by DU Registrar Vikas Gupta on Tuesday, the resolution was taken at the request of principals and members of the government council, which is the highest decision-making physique of the varsity. The notification doesn’t cite any particular motive for which a candidate can be thought of for the admission for the extra seats.The notification, nevertheless, says that the advantage of the eligible candidate “must not be beyond 10% of the last cut-off issued by the college”.

The admissions will probably be carried out underneath the newly launched “college-university seats”. The candidates will probably be chosen at the discretion of the college and the college in the ratio of three:2, in accordance to the notification.

The transfer, nevertheless, has attracted criticism by the DU academics and college students who described it as “illegal” and one which might lead to corruption.

“A committee was constituted to explore the possibility to provide few seats to the colleges in view of the Covid-19 pandemic for admission in UG courses (merit-based) over and above the sanctioned strength as supernumerary seats. The competent authority has approved the recommendation of the committee for five admissions under college-university seats in the current academic session 2020-21,” learn the notification.

The admission course of to the 70,000-odd undergraduate seats continues to be on underneath the second particular cut-off. The particular drive was launched to fill the vacant seats underneath numerous reserved classes.

“The merit of the candidates eligible for admission under ‘college-university seats’ shall ordinarily be up to five percent and in no case beyond 10% from the last cut-off issued by the college for the particular course for the respective category of the candidates,” the notification added.

All principals of DU faculties have been requested to submit the record of 5 candidates for additional approval.

Delhi University Principal Association (DUPA) secretary Manoj Sinha welcomed the transfer. “The discussion over extra seats began after the colleges received requests for admission from candidates who either could not write any entrance exam online or failed to pay fees to confirm admission due to financial difficulties caused by the pandemic.”

However, Nandita Narain, president of Democratic Teachers’ Front and an affiliate professor at St Stephen’s College stated it will lead to unlawful admissions. “The Delhi high court, around 25 years back, had ruled against such discretionary admissions by the governing bodies of the colleges and had put an end to the so-called management quota. This move is an attempt to restart such practices in the name of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Rajesh Jha, a member of DU EC, stated no such resolution was advised by the council. “The elected EC members will never support a discretionary quota in the admissions, which is against our basic ethos,” he stated.

DU performing Vice-Chancellor (VC) PC Joshi stated, “It is just a one-time measure after receiving requests from principals. The idea was to help students who could not take admission in the backdrop of the pandemic situation. There won’t be any backdoor entry or corruption. We will personally examine all the cases approved by the principals. Besides, it’s not a mandatory decision and colleges are not bound to follow it.”

Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Wednesday held a protest on the North Campus in opposition to the resolution. Sidharth Yadav, state secretary, ABVP Delhi, stated, “This decision will promote corruption and is highly unfair to meritorious students. DU must take back this decision immediately and not lay the foundation for discrimination among students.”

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