It has been a week since admissions under the seventh list at Delhi University have been over, but the university is yet to take a decision on filling up the vacant seats , mostly in the reserved categories – the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and Schedule Tribe (ST). Such seats are vacant in mostly off-campus colleges.
In North Campus colleges, ST category seats are mostly vacant and there have not been many takers for seats in EWS categories in different courses, and the number of vacant seats varies between one and two.
At Aryabhatta College, EWS seats are filled for just three courses. The college offers a total of 11 courses. Explaining the reason behind the seats remaining untaken, the college admission-in-charge RK Dwivedi said, “The cutoff for EWS is usually 0.5% lower than that of the general category seats. So when the general category cutoff comes down, it becomes the same as that of the EWS. Seats subsequently get transferred, and hence, the EWS seats remain vacant.” “The university might have to conduct a special drive to fill the remaining seats,” he added. In Maitreyi College, as many as 23 seats for the EWS category and 51 ST seats are still vacant. Hindu College principal Anju Srivastava said that in her college ST category seats are vacant in certain courses. At Miranda House, few seats remain for EWS, ST and OBC candidates. While in Sri Aurobindo College, finding students for EWS seats has not been much of a problem, seats in the ST category for various science courses are vacant.
“Courses like English, BCom and Economics get filled, but ST seats in courses such as Electronics and a few others are vacant,” said the college principal Vipin Aggarwal. “We have to fill the reserved category seats to ensure that the class proportion is maintained as per norms. Filling of ST seats has always been challenging at the varsity,” said the principal of a North Campus college.