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Reservation hassle: SC/ST students face trouble in securing DU college admission

Aspirants to Delhi University’s (DU) undergraduate programme belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) are facing problems in submitting admission forms at the colleges.

Many students who were unable to make it to DU-affiliated colleges last year owing to some mismanagement or carelessness of the colleges, were looking forward to getting admitted this year. But some of them had to face disappointment again this year.

Devendra Kumar, an SC student said, 'I have been visiting Deshbandhu College from the day the first cut-off was announced. The college had declared a 60 per cent cut-off for admission in Chemistry (Honours). I have scored more than that, but the college officials have been refusing to confirm my admission, saying that admission in the SC/ST category is over. I had faced the same problem last year  and have already wasted one year waiting for a DU admission.'
Attempts to get a response from the Dean of Students Welfare failed.

At many colleges, despite having the required cut-off percentage, SC/ST students from states like Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttaranchal and Madhya Pradesh failed to get admission.
Some of the colleges that released a third cut-off list on Wednesday, have already filled all seats in the reserved categories.

V K Kawatra, principal of Hansraj College said, ‘We have already filled most seats in the reserved category. Till Thursday we had filled 175 seats in the SC category, 86 seats in the ST category, 311 seats in the OBC category and 33 seats for the physically disabled. The remaining seats in the reserved categories should be filled in the next two days.'

Shashi Tyagi, principal of Gargi college said, 'This time I am very happy with the response of the students from the reserved categories. We have already filled more than 80 per cent of seats for the reserved categories. We hope to fill the remaining seats over the next two days. There is no possibility of a fourth cut-off list.'

Kanika Khandelwaal, an official at Lady Shri Ram (LSR) college, said, ‘We have filled almost all seats for the reserved categories. Admission to a limited number of seats are still open in the Other Backward Classes and SC categories and these should be filled in the next two days.’
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