Close admissions after eighth cut-off list, DU tells colleges

University asks them to send list of vacant seats

With several Delhi University colleges admiting students in the most sought-after courses even after the seventh cut-off list, the office of the dean of students’ welfare has urged colleges to close this year’s admissions after the eighth list.

Admission under this list will begin on Tuesday.

“We have asked the colleges to close admissions in the eighth list. Once the admission process for colleges after the eighth list is over, the remaining colleges that do not close their admissions will send us the list of vacant seats remaining,” said a deputy dean of students’ welfare.

“We will then come out with a decision on the cut-offs for the final list of vacant seats,” he added.

This year DU colleges witnessed unexpected response to several courses. Off-campus colleges which kept the cut-offs relatively low continued with the same cut-off list pattern.
Confusion over cut-offs

There were over-admissions in newly introduced BTech courses, despite a high cut-off.
This year, admissions were centralised and the option of choosing colleges at the time of filing admission forms was scrapped.

This led to much confusion over cut-offs.

“We were witnessing 100-150 students even with a one percentage point decrease. Many colleges have over-admitted in the general category. Colleges are dropping the cut-offs by a few points gradually to avoid more admissions,” said a teacher from Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC).

The over-admissions are also worrying principals who are now thinking of setting up temporary classrooms.

The off-campus and medium-prominence colleges particularly have to deal with numbers that are three- to five-fold of the sanctioned strength.

Meanwhile, Modern Indian languages (MIL) teachers met members of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (DSGPC) on Monday over depleting options for MIL students and teachers under four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) being introduced this year.
DSGPC committee president Manjit Singh GK assured affected teachers that the matter will be taken up with the appropriate authorities.

“We will also meet parliamentarians Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj of Bhartiya Janata Party and Harsimrat Kaur Badal of Shiromani Akali Dal, who will help us raise the issue at country’s highest forum.

The regional languages are the fabric of the country and we will restore them in the varsity,” he said.

Talks with Imam

The members will also hold talks with the Imam of Jama Masjid.
The members are demanding that the students be given the option to study regional languages as a degree under FYUP in the first year.

Under the new programme, MILs are to be taught from the second year as a minor subject.

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