Flip-flop leaves students in the lurch

Hans Raj College at Delhi University cancelled the admissions of around five BA (Programme) students after realising that they did not make it to the first cut-off list.

According to students, the officials involved in admissions called up them on Thursday and Friday to apologise for the confusion.

However, as this late stage, the students find it difficult to get admissions on the basis of the second cut-off list percentage as they have scored higher than the maximum percentage allowed for admissions in the second cut-off list.

“My sister went to the admission officials at Hans Raj College. She even told them that she has 0.25 per cent less aggregate score than the required 90 per cent cut-off for the subjects she chose,” said Mehak Sapra, a public relations executive.

The college officials initially gave their nod but on the third day they told her sister that her admission had been cancelled as she did not get through the first cut-off list, said Mehak.

She added that all the admissions formalities were completed and even the roll number was provided to her sister, who does not want to be named.

Although the college officials apologised for their mistake but they made them sign a declaration for admission cancellation. “Since we could not get back the class 10 marksheet which was submitted in the college without signing the declaration, we signed it. However, I also wrote on it that college cancelled the admissions,” she added.

Something similar happened with an outstation student from La Martiniere College, Lucknow. Hans Raj’s maximum cut-off for BA was 92 per cent but with his subject combinations he needed only 88 per cent.

“I had secured 89 per cent but with my subject combinations I required 88 per cent to apply in BA. The admission officials told me some relaxation in percentage was acceptable. Now, they have cancelled my admission saying there are no relaxations.

They said there was some confusion about this between DU officials and the principal,” said the student.

The student along with his father went to the principal who advised him to take admission in Hindi (H).

“My father refused stating that Hindi was not my subject. And it was not even my fault. As I got admission on the first day itself in a prestigious college I did not try anywhere else. I don't know what to do now,” he said. He refused to sign the declaration.

“My marksheet was verified six times by the officials. I am not a criminal. I have more marks than the cut-off.

When I asked the principal one reason or a written statement on cancellation he refused to give any. The principal makes a mistake and we lose a year. How is it fair?,” added the student.

Hans Raj principal V K Kawatra could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

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