As the University of Delhi wraps up its admission process for undergraduate courses, the DU colleges are anxious. The Delhi University colleges have not been able to fill out the vacant seats for reserved category students under the Economically Weaker Section. The previous year, Delhi University imposed a 15% reservation for the EWS category and added another 10% this year to the EWS category.
Despite the cutoff being dropped significantly, there are undergraduate courses for which all the seats reserved under the EWS quota are still vacant. Even the seats under the popular course like B.Com (Hons.) have not yet been claimed. In Delhi University’s Ramanujan College, out of the 19 seats in the EWS category, 13 seats are still vacant while at Rajdhani College out of 15 seats only seven have been filled.
Furthermore, in vocational courses and BSc programme, the number of vacant seats remains the highest. At Delhi University’s College of Vocational Studies tourism course, only 4 seats out of the total 14 seats have filled. While at Ramjas College, only 2 seats out of the total 16 seats have been filled for physical science with chemistry course.
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Students from EWS Category Confronts Problem in Issuance of Certificate
A teacher from DU College of Vocational Studies stated that the eligible students under the EWS quota are unable to procure an income certificate which is a compulsory document under EWS quota admission. As per the Delhi University guidelines and admission norms, the EWS certificate has to be issued after 31st March 2020. However, due to the coronavirus lockdown, many students are unable to get this certificate issued. He confessed that the number of vacant seats this year is higher than that of last year’s.
According to the Admission Convenor of Aryabhatta College, many students were not aware of their eligibility to apply under the EWS quota. He added that many of them missed selecting the option of EWS quota while filling up the admission form, therefore, they cannot be considered for admission under the EWS category.
Several students felt that the downfall in the EWS category admission was due to high initial cutoffs when the insignificant difference between EWS and general category stood just 0.25% to 1%.
Hansraj College Principal, Rama Sharma said that that the high cutoffs are the reason for seats remaining vacant. He added that we ensured to bring down the cutoffs under the reserved category significantly to help is fill the vacant seats. He further stated that they are unaware of what will happen to the unclaimed seats under the reserved category. Delhi University might release a special derive on merit list to fill out the remaining seats.