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Confusion over separate cut-offs for EWS category

New Delhi: Confusion prevailed among students at the "Open Day" organised at Delhi University's Rajdhani College on Friday as a professor announced that there will be no separate cut-offs for candidates belonging to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS).

The professor's remark came a few days after the varsity had said there will be separate cut-offs for the category. This year, the varsity has effected a 10 percent increase in seats for the EWS and maintained that there will be a rise of close to 6,000 seats, taking the total number of seats for undergraduate courses to 62,000.

On the day the admissions were announced, Rajeev Gupta, dean, students' welfare had said there will be separate cut-offs for the category. However, on Friday, at the Open Day at Rajdhani College, Dr Sangeeta D Gadre, a professor at Kirori Mal College said, "There will not be separate cut-offs for EWS students and they will have the same eligibility criteria as students from the unreserved category."

She also cited the admission bulletin, which said, "Eligibility Criteria for merit-based admissions under the EWS category shall be identical to that of unreserved category."

Gadre said EWS students are only entitled to fee concession.

However, another official said, "The university is trying to work out the modalities of the process and trying to look at having separate cut-offs for EWS applicants.

"When the varsity has increased the seats, they will ensure that there is enrolment on them. The modalities of having separate cut-offs for the category like there are for SC, ST, OBC categories will be worked out," the official added.

At the "Open Day", students complained that despite the Delhi government issuing a direction to the relevant authorities to issue EWS certificates, the officials were still not issuing them.

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