DU admissions: High cut-offs no deterrent

Only into the second day of admissions at the Delhi University, some of the most sought-after colleges were already taken admissions beyond their sanctioned strength.

New Delhi: Only into the second day of admissions at the Delhi University, some of the most sought-after colleges were already taken admissions beyond their sanctioned strength and officials said some courses might not see even second cut-offs.

At Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) which saw a frenzy yesterday, the popular B.Com (Hons) has already taken 126 extra admissions, at a time when there are two more days to go before admissions for the first cut-off lists close.

At this situation, it is hard to imagine any second cut-off list, said SRCC Principal PC Jain.

"We have taken 378 admissions as against 252 seats in B.Com (Hons) and 67 in Economics (Hons) as against 62 seats," he said.

The SRCC had put the first cut-off list at 96 to 100 percent, sparking a heated debate over whether such a high cut-off percentage was correct.

At the Hindu college too, close to 500 admissions were complete today, with the B.Com (Hons) course registering over 50 admissions beyond the sanctioned strength of the college.

"While in the Commerce course 115 admissions were made as against 62 seats, in Economics 50 were complete against 54 seats. In fact 60 forms were given away over all, of which some students are expected to deposit tomorrow," said Anju Srivastava, the media coordinator of the Hindu college.

In fact, the B.Com (Hons) and Eco (Hons) courses are less likely to witness even second cut-offs in many colleges.

At the Dayal Singh college where over 350 admissions were made against a total 1,406 seats, the response was biggest in these two courses.

"Commerce and Economics honours courses are quite likely to fill up in the first window itself," said Prof IS Bakshi, Principal of Dayal Singh college.

Bakshi said in his college 25 percent of the total seats are expected to be filled over the next few days before the second cut-offs are announced but in the case of B.Com
(Honours) and Economics (Honours) a second list might not eventually come out.

At the Hindu, meanwhile, other courses like Sociology, Political Science also saw good response though the turnout for Science courses was a little slow.

"Extra admissions has become a regular feature, even last year we admitted over 140 students in Science courses against a capacity of 52. But a number of students move out after first cut-offs," said Srivastava.

She, however, added that five cut-offs are not likely in many courses and for some they may even stop after the first list.

University officials have sought to reassure students that much reasonable cut-off percentages are expected by the third list and that the high numbers were limited to only a few courses.

Students started queuing up yesterday seeking admissions to their desired courses, a day after the first cut offs were announced, sparking a strong reaction from the HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, among others.

This year, students have been given four days to complete the admission process after the announcement of the cut-off lists, as against three days till last year.

The University this year did away with the pre-admission forms, announcing the cut-offs directly.


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