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By Way2k Way2k
Way2k 6 Oct 2012
General seats still vacant in DU colleges

Despite the rush during admissions, even many popular colleges like Ramjas and Kirori Mal in North Campus and the off-campus Gargi are left with vacancies in general category. The courses with vacant seats include B.Com, B.Com (honours) and B.A (H) economics, history and English. "I have written to the registrar seeking permission to fill the seats. If we are allowed, we will advertise in the papers and invite applications. There will be total transparency in the process," said Dr. Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College, which has 14 seats in B.Com (H), six in economics (H), five in B.Sc (H) statistics and three in B.A (H) English.

General seats still vacant in DU colleges

"We should be concerned. We have admitted more students in the OBC and reserved categories, why let the general category seats go waste?" Prasad asked. The problem is caused by last-minute withdrawals after the fifth list and counselling, said Dr. S P Gupta, acting principal, Kirori Mal College. The college saw several withdrawals and now has vacancies in B.Com (five seats) and B.Sc (H) chemistry (seven seats). Off campus, Gargi College, too, has vacant general category seats in history, philosophy and B.Com. "We were told to admit students in the reserved categories taking into account the actual number of students admitted in general category. So we are in any case reeling under too many students," said principal Dr. Meera Ramachandran.

"Last time, there were no applicants in the OBC category. I don't think there is any new pool of admission-seekers." The three colleges had closed admission for general category in these courses for the fifth (also the last) list. Gargi had closed admission in history, philosophy and B.Com and KMC in B.Com and chemistry after the second list itself. Debraj Mookerjee, who teaches English at Ramjas, said this situation could've been avoided if there hadn't been a flurry of directives from DU even during admissions.

"We were first admitting as many reserved category students as the number of sanctioned seats. Then we got a directive saying we had to admit all applicants who made the cut. Then, reserved categories can't account for more than 50% seats in the class. There were so many letters and unclear directives. Everybody went conservative when it came to reducing the cut-off marks. There was no room to manoeuvre and cut-off marks remained unrealistically high," he said. "All rules and guidelines must be firmly in place before you start. You can't be making rules after you've started playing."

Courtesy: Times of India

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