Jawaharlal Nehru University is moving towards a near-perfect 27% implementation of the OBC reservation in the 2011-12 admission session. After a high percentage of OBC seats remaining vacant in the two previous sessions, JNU has decided to admit students on the basis of qualifying marks in this category, independent of the general cutoff.
"The OBC issue is pending with the Supreme Court. We have based our admission policy on the order of Delhi high court, which has asked us not to link the OBC admissions with the general category cutoffs. As the high court order has not been stayed by the Supreme Court, we are not determining the OBC cutoff based on the general category cutoff," said vice-chancellor S K Sopory.
Many colleges in Delhi University could not fill up their OBC seats and they are yet to get any directive on the conversion of these seats from the university. According to the list announced earlier this week for admission, JNU offered 100 of its 367 undergraduate seats to OBC candidates. In the MA, MSc and MCA programmes, it has shortlisted 282 OBC candidates for admission against a total intake of 1,042. This excludes the nine language courses, the viva results of which are still to be declared.
According to JNU officials, the OBC admissions have not been linked to the general category admissions and, therefore, the 10% relaxation to the OBC candidates that was in practice in the past has been done away with. "In the BA programmes, we have offered admissions to 100 students, which is a little over 27%. For the postgraduate courses, the percentage is around 28%. This is to ensure that if some students decide not to join JNU, we can maintain a balance.If seats remain vacant even after that, they will be converted," said coordinator, evaluation, S Chandrasekaran.
According to the admission policy this year, the minimum qualifying percentage for OBC admission in the UG and PG courses is 27% while that for MPhil and PhD is 36%. "Admission will be based on the number of seats available and the corresponding merit among eligible OBC candidates. The minimum qualifying marks will include the entrance test score, deprivation point and viva marks," he said.