Delhi University has so far released five cutoff lists for the undergraduate admission. And even though most of the seats under the general category were filled by the fifth cutoff for the different programmes there are seats still vacant under the different reserved categories. As per data available 65.9 percent seats which were reserved under the Economically Weaker Sections are still vacant. Along with the EWS category, 57 percent seats from the Schedule Tribes, and 18 percent seats from the Schedule Caste category are still vacant.
According to the actual admission date which includes the students who have submitted the fee from the 67000 EWS seats only 2291 seats have been filled due to which 69.5 percent seats are still vacant. In the same way out of the 5.025 seats reserved for the ST category, only 2162 which combined t 43 percent seats have been filled and out of the 10050 seats only 8448 seats which is 82 percent seats have been filled for the SC category.
The data shared by the university admissions team suggests that about 67000 students have taken admission against the 62000 seats available in the different colleges of the university. As per the reservation policy, 50 percent out of the total number of seats 27 percent seats have been reserved for the OBC category, 15 percent seats have been reserved for the SC category and 7.5 percent seats have been reserved for the ST category for the government education institutions as well as government jobs. Along with this, the government from this year has also introduced a 10 percent quota for the EWS category.
This academic year 34,262 applications were received under the SC category, 7100 applications from the ST category and 9091 applications from the EWS category have been received. On Monday, the university launched a two-day special drive giving a second chance to the candidates from the reserved category to make corrections in the application forms. The university has however reported that very few students have come forward for the admissions through the special drive.
The SC, ST and OBC teachers’ association chairperson said that they have written to the DU Vice-Chancellor to fill up the reserved category seats. He said that one of the biggest reasons as to why the seats do not get filled in the high cutoffs set for the reserved category students as well. There is just a marginal difference between the cutoff for the general category and the reservation category students due to which the seats remain vacant.
He also added that the special drive conducted by the university do not help to fill up the reserved category seats due to the high cutoffs and the seats, especially in the ST category, have been vacant from a few years.
Regarding the low amount of seats filled under the EWS category, Rasal Singh, member of the Admissions Committee said that the lack of awareness is the reason for the seats under the EWS category remaining vacant. Since the EWS is a newly introduced category very few students have managed to get their EWS certificates to apply.
The chairperson of the Delhi University Admissions Committee has said that the university is looking into the admissions data from this academic year. He also stated that problems are faced in the ST category seats and the university is conducting special drives to fill them up.
Delhi University will be released the sixth cutoff for the undergraduate admissions on August 1, 2019.