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The admission and counseling process at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) for the academic session 2011-12 is in its last phase and about to get completed soon.
However, the varsity would have to review the admission procedure for the intake of OBC students in the next academic session in view of recent Supreme Court ruling on cut-off percentage for OBC students. The varsity has already implemented the 27% reservation for OBC students in all departments this year. The Supreme Court recently ruled that the minimum eligibility percentage for admission in central universities for OBC category should be at most 10% less than that of general category students. It may be mentioned here that after implementation of 27% OBC quota in BHU in three different phases (during the last three academic sessions), the varsity has witnessed an increased strength of nearly 3,500 students, pushing the present strength to around 27,000 students enrolled under various programmes. R. C. Yadav, vice-chairman of admission committee for the academic session 2011-12, said, "We are reviewing the SC ruling in the light of minimum eligibility percentage for admission of OBC students. I do not know about the other universities but BHU has tried to stick to the cut-off limit of 10% for OBC students and it does not depend on the basis of admission given to the last candidate in general category. The varsity even provides 5% relaxation for OBC students in the qualifying exams (graduate level)." The SC ruling has also clarified that there would be no disturbances in the admissions which have already been done by the universities for this academic session. This has brought a sense of relief to the BHU administration which witnessed a delayed start of the academic session due to release of answer keys for undergraduate and post-graduate entrance tests for the first time. Meanwhile, the release of cut-off marks for various courses under post-graduate entrance test (PET)-2011 for admission in different courses at the university has shown a difference of more than 10% marks between the scores of general and OBC candidates. As per the cut-off list released by the department of botany for admissions in M.Sc (Applied Microbiology) programme, the cut-off marks for general candidates stood at 194, while that for OBC candidates was 162 marks. Similarly, in M.Sc (Botany), cut-off marks for general was 294 while it stood at 259 for OBC candidates. It is also worth mentioning that a total of nearly 1.90 lakh applications were received for admissions in various courses at BHU in this academic session. The varsity has continued to witness a rise in the number of applications in the last few years.
Courtesy: Times of India
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