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DU: Seats remain vacant under reserved categories

There seems to be no end to the problems faced by reserved category students who applied for admissions to Delhi University’s four year undergraduate programme.
According to the information available, admissions have not been granted to Schedule Caste/Schedule Tribe students despite seats reserved under the category lying vacant in colleges.

A senior official at the university told Millennium Post on condition of anonymity, ‘The seats for general category have been filled in many colleges of the university. On the other hand, colleges have failed to fill seats under the reserved category.’

A survey conducted by Dhani Ram, president of DU SC/ST Teachers Association to assess the status of admissions for SC, ST, other backward category and persons with disability said ‘Lakshmibai College admitted 116 students in the general category against 39 seats for its Economics (Honours) course. In Philosophy, the college admitted 105 students against the sanctioned strength of 39.

‘For English, the college admitted 103 students against a strength of 80 seats, while 162 students were taken in for Political Science against a strength of 141 seats. On the
other hand, aspirants from the reserved category are still seeking admissions. Only 10 seats reserved for OBC students have been filled in Lakshmibai College for the Commerce course against the sanctioned strength of 78. For SC, only 14 seats have filled against the allotted 44 while no admissions have taken place under the ST category. The college has 22 seats reserved for ST students.’

The report further states, Keshav Mahavidyalaya filled only 12 seats in Commerce against the sanctioned strength of 42. The 12 seats reserved for ST students remained vacant.
Institute of Home Economics admitted 52 students in the Food and Technology course in general category, though the sanctioned strength is only 12. In Home Science, 350 general category students were given admissions against 133 seats.

But only 13 OBC students were admitted against 72 seats, while 17 SC students managed to make it to the course though 40 seats were available. Worse, only 3 ST students were admitted even as 17 seats in the category remained vacant.

In Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce seats are vacant in almost all courses under the reserved categories. The college admitted one SC student in Economics, while no ST seats
were occupied.

Dhani Ram said 12,150 seats are reserved for the SC/ST students, while about 1,620 seats are reserved for physically challenged students.

Shyama Prasad Mukherji College for Women, admitted only two SC students against a sanctioned strength of 26 in Commerce. No seats reserved for the ST students could be filled.

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