DU adds 5 seats in every college to confess the ‘Covid-hit’ – education

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The Delhi University (DU) has made up our minds to add 315 seats in undergraduate class lesson across its 63 affiliated colleges — five in every institution, as a one-time measure to allow registered students who couldn’t get admission because of any reason related to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a notification issued by DU Registrar Vikas Gupta on Tuesday, the decision used to be taken at the request of principals and members of the executive council, which is the highest decision-making body of the varsity. The notification does not cite any particular reason for which a candidate would be regarded as for the admission for the extra seats.The notification, then again, says that the merit of the eligible candidate “should not be beyond 10% of the final cut-off issued by the college”.

The admissions will be done under the newly introduced “college-university seats”. The candidates will be chosen at the discretion of the college and the university in the ratio of 3:2, according to the notification.

The move, then again, has attracted criticism by the DU teachers and students who described it as “unlawful” and one which would lead to corruption.

“A committee used to be constituted to explore the opportunity to supply 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,” read the notification.

The admission process to the 70,000-odd undergraduate seats is still on under the second one special cut-off. The special drive used to be launched to fill the vacant seats under more than a few reserved categories.

“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 final cut-off issued by the college for the specific class lesson for the respective category of the candidates,” the notification added.

All principals of DU colleges have been asked to submit the list of five candidates for further approval.

Delhi University Principal Organization (DUPA) secretary Manoj Sinha welcomed the move. “The discussion over additional 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 because of financial difficulties caused by the pandemic.”

On the other hand, Nandita Narain, president of Democratic Teachers’ Front and an associate professor at St Stephen’s College said it would 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, said no such decision used to be suggested by the council. “The elected EC members will never strengthen a discretionary quota in the admissions, which is against our basic ethos,” he said.

DU acting Vice-Chancellor (VC) PC Joshi said, “It’s only a one-time measure after receiving requests from principals. The idea used to be 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 can personally inspect all of the cases approved by the principals. But even so, it’s not a mandatory decision and colleges don’t seem to be bound to follow it.”

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

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