The Delhi University (DU) on Tuesday made up our minds not to execute the contentious decision to introduce five supernumerary seats in its 63 colleges, announced as a one-time measure to help registered students who couldn’t take admission because of Covid-19 pandemic.
Delhi University officials said no college has approached the administration with a request for admission on these seats. The plan, under which five students were expected to be provided admission at the discretion of the college principals and the DU administration, had attracted criticism from both students and the faculty who said it would open doors to corruption.
Final Tuesday, the university had issued a notification announcing introduction of 315 supernumerary seats in undergraduate courses across its 63 affiliated colleges — five in every institution to registered students who could not take admission. The notification did not cite any particular reason for which a candidate would be thought to be for admission under the extra seats category. It read that the merit of the eligible candidate “should not be beyond 10% of the final cut-off issued by the college”.
The notification stated that the decision was once taken at the request of principals and members of the executive council (EC) — the highest decision-making body of the varsity.
DU Dean of Colleges and spokesperson Balram Pani on Tuesday confirmed that the administration has made up our minds not to execute the proposal. “The decision has been taken since no college has sent the request for admission on these five seats. The administration had made up our minds to introduce these seats only to help students amid the pandemic. We will’t go ahead with the proposals when no college has come forward to confess students on these seats,” he said.
December 30 was once the final date for colleges to send the main points of students who could get admission under the new rule.
Several principals said that they had never supported the decision. Ramjas College principal Manoj Khanna said, “The decision was once taken without any discussion with the principals. If truth be told, there was once no discussion with any statutory body in the university.”
Another principal, who wished not to be named, said, “The administration had said that the decision of introducing these seats was once taken once you have requests from principals. Where are those principals now? It’s a plot to allow backdoor entries and because of immense criticism from principals, teachers, and students, the University has now made up our minds to withdraw it.”
University registrar Vikas Gupta said one could not call the decision of executing the notification as a “withdrawal”. “We made up our minds not to move ahead with the decision since there have been no requests from the principals. We will’t call it a withdrawal. One of the crucial reasons in the back of no requests may also be that the university had provided the leverage of only 5% from the final cut-off announced for any class lesson in any college.”
Seema Das, a member of DU executive council (EC), said, “It was once an attempt to introduce a discretionary quota in the admissions. The EC member had never supported the sort of decision as claimed by the administration.”