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It has been decided by Delhi University that it will cancel its sudden plan of adding five supernumerary seats in each college in this admission season after days of controversy.

Registrar Vikas Gupta said that only a couple of colleges had sent names of students while referring to the December 21 notification. He added that since the last date of admission was December 31 and there was no time left, they decided to not go ahead with the new notification.

The decision has been welcomed by the principals of Delhi University. Anju Srivastava, the principal of Hindu College said that it had all happened on short notice, and time was required by colleges to discuss it with their respective governing bodies.

Stating that Delhi University had not issued specific guidelines for the process, most principals did not even approach their GBs. The principal of Ramjas College, Manoj Khanna, said that it was a welcome move as there was no clear-cut policy decision for them to comply with. They were neither given any directive by the university nor did it send any letter to them to go ahead with the process.

Gupta has however claimed that the notification of December 21 was enough in itself for the colleges as all the directions were there in the order. SP Aggarwal, principal of Ramanujan College said that the decision of DU was right as it would stop unnecessary malpractices. The notification intended to establish a management quota which has no place in Delhi University. Aggarwal pointed out that the colleges had sought guidelines because they did not want this process in haste.

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The notification allowing the institution of college-university seats stated that the principals would be allowed to admit five students over and above the allotted number of seats, out of which two names might be suggested by the university. Such students will be getting a 10% relaxation in the cut-offs. DU had claimed that this was a measure due to the COVID-19 pandemic and as requested by the principals.

From various quarters, this decision drew flak. Treasurer of DUTA, Abha Dev Habib said that it was like a quota for those who had access to the corridors of power.

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