Delhi University has still not verified all the caste certificates from the previous year, i.e. 2020. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the varsity had adopted the online method of admission. Thus, aspirants who sought admissions under reserved criteria, i.e. SC, ST, and OBC had submitted an online copy of their reservation certificates.
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Forensic verification of caste certificates didn’t happen last year:
Delhi University had stated that it will conduct a “forensic verification” of the caste certificates and other documents. Thus, this was to be done after students joined the college campus and submit original copies. But, the pandemic continued with its recurrent waves making it impossible for students to join colleges physically. Delhi University usually conducts a forensic check of caste certificates at the time of admissions. Thus, any forgery clearly leads to the cancellation of admission.
Balaram Pani, the DU Dean of Colleges confirmed that no verification took place last year. He further explained that the government offices responsible for verification have remained closed for a long time.
In 2020, approximately 70,000 students applied under the Other Backwards Class (OBC) quota. Also, 42,000 applications under Scheduled Caste (SC), 8,600 under Scheduled Tribe (ST), and 10,173 under EWS quota took place. As per the reservation policy of India, 50 percent of seats are reserved in total. Thus, OBCs have 27 percent, SCs have 15 percent, and STs have 7.5 percent reservations in government educational institutions.
Will verification of caste certificates be considered this year?
Hansraj Suman, the chairperson of the forum of academics for social justice states the importance of forensic verifications. Thus, he said that admissions do take place based on fake caste certificates. Hence, the demand for verification to the DU VC and dean of colleges is vital.