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MHRD directs DU to ensure colleges adhere to the reservation policies

Published On: 13 Jul 2012 | Last Updated On: 13 Jul 2012

After receiving large number of complaints about Delhi University’s (DUs) inability to implement the reservation provisions prescribed by the law, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has asked the university to make sure that the colleges abide by the reservation provisions.

The ministry asked the university to give reservations based on the real intake capacity rather than approved class strength and to release 3 cut-off lists so that OBC quota seats are filled.

This came in the wake of a complaint filed by the Insight Group, consisting of 8 student organizations, which includes Democratic Students Union, All India backward Students Forum, AISA.

Presently, students are enrolled through lists prepared by using a cut-off mark. As the first cut-off list is usually high, students register for many courses, and then colleges issue second and third lists with lesser cut-off so that all the seats are filled. This practice tends colleges to admit more students than their permitted capacity as they cannot refuse admission to a candidate with a qualifying cut-off. These students generally belong to general category students. Centralized admission process is used to admit students of Scheduled castes and tribes. Under centralized admission process, the number of seats for Scheduled Castes quota-15% and Scheduled Tribes -7.5% is planned on the basis of allowed strength. So if the real intake is more than the approved strength, the number of reserved quota seats should raise automatically, but this does take place actually.

The students’ organization insisted that as per RTI, the real intake was more than about 30% of the approved strength. However, the colleges and the university were not allowing reserved category students in this extra intake, thus violating the reservation policies.

 They have also stressed that all initiatives must be taken to ensure that 27% seats reserved for OBCs is filled by OBC category students only. Earlier complaints were received that OBC category seats have been filled by general category students. The Supreme Court had passed an order stating that if all efforts have been made to fill the OBC quota seats, then only they can be diverted to general category. The MHRD has asked DU to undertake 3 more cut-off lists or rounds to ensure that OBC quota seats are filled. Many colleges released 3 to 4 lists with lower cut-offs to ensure that all the OBC seats are filled. These cut-offs are analytical for general category admissions. So to resolve this, the ministry has suggested the university to issue 3 more lists with an aim to enroll OBC students.

The ministry also mentioned that the difference of 10% marks between the OBC and general category was not in terms of selection but eligibility criteria. The DU has been alleged of setting a 10% less cut-off for OBC than general category student. Due to high cut-offs, OBC students fail to get through.

Source: Economic Times

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