On Monday, a student from Uttar Pradesh got a big jolt when her application for DU admission 2020 was rejected under the OBC non-creamy layer on the grounds of inadequate caste documents.
The girl belongs to the Halwai caste who are traditionally in the sweet making business. In Uttar Pradesh, Halwai is a caste in the OBC list. But the Delhi University wanted a certificate saying that the Halwai caste was on the central OBC list since Delhi University is a central university.
The student said that Halwai is a caste in the central OBC list too but because of the lockdown and the coronavirus outbreak, they did not go to the office of the tehsildar to get it corrected. The application was rejected. The student will get it corrected if two days are given.
Similar complaints about the rejection of the application by the university were raised by several OBC students on the grounds of deficiencies in their caste documents.
Candidates who had certificates mentioning the caste on the central list if the certificates were issued in the last financial year were rejected by the university.
This is a clear violation of the instructions that are issued by the department of personnel and training (DoPT) which is the nodal ministry for issuing guidelines and implementation of reservation norms. The department had already said that in case the students are lacking the latest documents, they can be given provisional admission and reasonable time to produce the required documents for confirmation.
DU’s admission criteria have also been disapproved by the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC). According to the DU admission 2020 criteria, the submission of a non-creamy layer certificate after March 31, 2020, is required.
A teacher, Sudhanshu Kumar has alleged that Delhi University was insisting on a caste certificate for the latest year for OBC students while their policy towards EWS students was more lenient.
EWS students get a 10% reservation while students from OBC non-creamy layer get a 27% reservation.
Kumar said that DU is entertaining the certificates obtained by EWS students before March 31 but not considering the genuine grievances of the OBC candidates. This is sheer discrimination and they will challenge it in all forums, including the NCBC.
On July 10, the NCBC wrote to the UGC that institutions should not insist on non-creamy layer certificates issued after March 31, 2020, for the 2019-2020 financial year.
Representation from students of various institutions was received by it on the discriminatory approach of universities towards OBC students seeking admission under 27% reservation meant for non-creamy layer groups. An annual parental income of Rs 8 lakh is required for non-creamy layer status. Generally, the institutions, while giving admissions, ask for a non-creamy layer certificate issued in the current financial year for the last financial year.
It has been stated in the DU prospectus that students may register for admission without the latest creamy layer certificate but they will have to produce the required document at the time of admission.
The NCBC order said that in the present corona situation, asking for a certificate issued after 31st March 2020 or later is against any government’s repeated declaration of lockdown and precaution against the spread of the pandemic.
Another teacher, Hansraj Suman, said that many seats that are meant for OBC students will remain vacant this year because of the rigidity in the attitude of the university.
On Monday, the first phase of DU admissions 2020 had begun for 66,000 seats in 60 colleges.