University of Delhi takes out 9th cut-off list for OBC candidates on Friday where the cut-offs have dropped almost to pass percentage in many colleges. The seats for OBC quota are vacant even after the 8th cut-off list, where cut-offs were set almost 10% lower than general cut-offs, is a surprising fact and the authorities are still dubious whether the seats will get filled this time.
While colleges like Aditi Mahavidyalaya and Bhagini Nivedita have set their cut-off at 40%, Gargi College has dropped its cut-off to 57%. Also, admissions are open in many streams in various colleges. In Hindu College seats in seven courses including subjects like economics, English and history are vacant. In Hans Raj College, seats in 9 courses are yet to be filled; in Kirori Mal and Ramjas, 7 and Miranda House 11. Seats are unoccupied even in DU’s popular courses like B.Com and English Honours. Seats in B.Com (H) are yet to be filled in 36 colleges. English Honours is open in 33 colleges, B.Com in 27, Economics Honours in 26 and BA in 23 colleges.
DU recently issued guidelines to colleges asking them not to convert OBC quota seats to general seats as was the case earlier. That is why; there is a doubt whether the seats will get filled completely. P Hemlata Reddy, Principal, Sri Venkateswara College, says, “I can’t be optimistic about colleges filling up the OBC seats even in the ninth list. The reasons could be many. Students may have already taken admission somewhere else instead of waiting for so long. Those who have got admission might not want to shift colleges now as the new session is almost a month old.”
Apart from filling up the seats, the colleges also feel that the OBC candidates might face a problem in catching up as the semester schedule is much tightly packed as compared to the annual mode. This might also be the reason for low number ob OBC candidates.