New Delhi: Delhi University announced on Wednesday that about 7,000 more seats will be available to students this year, taking the total number of seats to 42,000.
This increase is on account of implementation of the 9% OBC quota. The number of seats for the general category will remain the same at 27,500 while SCs will get 6,296 seats and STs, 3,148. The remaining 5,056 seats will go to OBC category students.
‘‘The seats are being increased as part of the three-year expansion process, whereby the 27% OBC quota will implemented,’’ said DU vice-chancellor Deepak Pental. ‘‘Over three years, DU will be adding 54% more seats, so as to keep the number of seats in the general category intact while introducing the OBC quota. So, this year, the expansion is by 18% in all constituent colleges of DU, to be followed by an equal expansion over the next two years. Every year, 9% OBC quota will be added till the entire 27% quota is implemented. However, the number of seats for the general category will remain the same.’’
Added S K Vij, dean of students’ welfare: ‘‘The guidelines on OBC quota implementation have been sent to all colleges and departments. While the registration will be done with the DSW office, as in the case of general students, the colleges will determine the cutoff for both categories.’’ Like the SC/ST reservation — where relaxation of 5% in the minimum marks is given — in the OBC category, relaxation of up to 10% will be given. However, unlike SC/ST admissions where further relaxation is given if seats are left vacant, there will be no such policy for the OBC seats, said Vij. ‘‘For the courses where admission takes place through entrance tests, there won’t be any relaxation in the eligibility criteria. However, OBC students will get the 10% relaxation after the test cutoff is determined.’’
DU also announced the dates for the admission process — June 2-16.
Pressure builds up, 1st cut-off list on June 26
New Delhi: With the first cutoff list due on June 26, the pressure is intense, said S K Vij, dean of students’ welfare.
‘‘We have set up various admission centres all over the city where the common pre-admission forms will be available for sale and submission. And to make the location of the colleges clear for firsttimers, we have provided a bigger, detailed map this time,’’ he added. Open Days, set to start from May 24, can also be a way for students to familiarise themselves with the admission process.
Students can also get connected to university news via the DUCR — the DU community radio —which will be airing admission-related details over the next few weeks. The university plans to make the radio more accessible — it’s available only in a 10-km radius at present — in the near future. Besides radio, the DU website (www.du.ac.in) will also be fielding queries.
Source: The Times Of India