Delhi University admissions 2017 freshers Students Delhi University after the Orientation at SRCC College on Wednesday in New Delhi. Express Photo By Amit Mehra 19 July 2017

Delhi University has written to the Centre to direct the AAP government to begin the process of issuing EWS certificates after various aspirants elevated the matter at the second ‘open day’ of the varsity on Monday.

The university arranges ‘open days’ for parents and aspirants every year to regulate their queries about filling up the online forms, the admission process and the norm for admission in the varsity. The first ‘open day’ was held on May 31.

Various aspirants, who had come to the varsity on the first ‘open day, came back with similar queries and said their respective SDMs are still not aware of any EWS certificate they have to issue.

Officials from the varsity said that letters have been sent to the Ministry Of Social Justice and Empowerment and HRD Ministry to direct the Delhi government to notify its SDMs to issue the certificates. 

Delhi Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot told PTI that there was an issue and the district magistrates will soon be informed to start issuing the EWS certificates.

“We have already issued the notification. There was some issue in the vetting of the notification by the law department. The divisional commissioner will be notifying the DMs of the various districts,” Gahlot said. 

Officials at the varsity said that till Sunday, out of over 1.63 lakh registrations, only 1357 aspirants had registered under the EWS category.

“The aspirants can upload acceptance receipts and in case the government notifies it later by next week, we will accept acceptance receipts and aspirants will have the option of submitting them later. We might also start a special drive for aspirants,” another official said.

Earlier in today, a aspirant informed an admission official about the EWS issue. The admission official told him to access the area MLA if the issue is not resolved.

This year, the DU has effected a 10% seat increase in the EWS category and there will be a rise of close to 6,000 seats, taking the total number of seats for undergraduate courses to 62,000. There will be isolated cut-offs for the aspirants in the EWS division. 

In January, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had cleared 10% quota in education and government jobs to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) of general division.

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