DU tells colleges to ignore cut-offs, fill OBC seats

DU tells colleges to ignore cut-offs, fill OBC seats

Delhi University (DU) has sent a notification to all colleges stating that all Other Backward Classes (OBC) category seats should be filled up and there will be no transfer of OBC seats to the general category.

DU officials had initially announced that after the fifth cut-off list, sixth and seventh cut-off lists were not expected and vacant OBC seats will be converted to general category after July 18.

“It is notified that the notification dated June 25 regarding schedule for conversion of vacant OBC seats stands withdrawn. No vacant OBC seats shall be converted into general category by the colleges,” said the new DU order.

It also said the sixth admission cut-off list will be announced on July 14 and the seventh cut-off list will come out on July 17.

The varsity has also asked the colleges to give 10 per cent relaxation for OBC category students as per the Apex court's order which came out last year.

“The order stated that 10 per cent relaxation should be given to OBC category students from the minimum cut-off of the general category,” said Kedar Mandal, professor and president of Academic Forum for Social Justice.

On July 6, Mandal and other activists had put up their demands to human resource development minister Kapil Sibal alleging discrimination by colleges against OBC and other reserved category seats.

Mandal said colleges were not reducing the cut-offs enough for OBC seats. Majority colleges only brought it down by four to seven per cent. “In doing so, they were waiting for the OBC seats to go vacant thereby converting them into general category seats,” he alleged.

In the meeting Sibal assured activists that all OBC seats will be filled. “Recently, Sibal has reportedly stated that even if the colleges have to reduce cut-offs more than 10 per cent, they will have to do so in order to take OBC admissions,” he added.

Even after the fifth cut-off list, while admissions to general category seats are closed in most of the colleges/courses, OBC category seats in majority of colleges are still lying vacant. Students from reserved category and activists staged several protests regarding non- availability of seats for reserved category candidates in DU.

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