Counseling for admissions to Lucknow University's undergraduate courses started on a chaotic note. Disruptions by student leaders led to closure of counseling for nearly three hours on Sunday, 1st July, 2012. In the first incident, student leaders created ruckus in support of the students belonging to Other Backward Class (OBC) and general category seeking the 'zero-fee' facility like the Scheduled Class (SC) category students. Students from below poverty line families should be treated equal irrespective of caste and gender. Like the SS, all those belonging to financially weaker families have the right to avail the 'zero-fee' facility,'' said a student while raising anti-university administration slogans. Following this incident the counseling remain suspended for more than an hour.
And as if this was not enough, at around 4.00 pm, student leaders again resorted to protest. This time, they pressured the university admission committee officials to admit a student who did not had full fee to deposit. The student, Vishal Kumar (name changed) took admission in B.A (Hons) in philosophy but did not have money to pay his fees. The university, therefore, denied him admission. The student then approached the student leaders who then reportedly put pressure on the admission officials to allow him in the course. The university officials had no choice but to admit the student after he paid 1,500. However, as per university rule, 'a candidate will have to deposit full fee at the time of admission'. Giving clarifications, university spokesperson, Prof Pawan Agarwal said, on moral grounds, we had allowed nearly 10 students who made partial payments.
These students had good merit and the university could not afford to lose them just because they could not pay full fee immediately. Also, it was a Sunday, 1st July, 2012 and many students failed to get money from banks." He added that from Monday, 2nd July no such relaxation would be given. Meanwhile, all seats were filled in the open category in L.L.B (Hons), B.Com (Hons), and B.C.A. The university has a total of 120 seats in L.L.B (Hons), of which 60 are in the open category. In B.Com (Hons), there are 100 seats, of which 50 are in the open category, in B.C.A, there are total 60 seats, out of which 30 are in the open category. However, in B.A (Hons), the university has total 210 seats, of which 105 are for open category students. In this, 15 seats were left vacant.
Courtesy: Times of India