Lakhs apply for admission to fewer seats in Delhi University colleges

Delhi University, DU college admissions 2016

Delhi University; In a mad scramble to obtain admission to the remaining few seats unfilled after the fifth cutoff list admissions, tens of thousands of applications have poured in for a number of seats that range from a few dozen to a few hundred.

According to an official from the dean of students’ welfare, Delhi University, 17-odd colleges received each over 40,000 applications while another nine got over 20,000 applications.

Hans Raj College, received 84,000 applications for the 50 seats it needs to fill up. That’s 1,680 candidates per seat. Similarly, Ramjas has 57,000 applicants for 100 seats. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya has about 37,000 applications for 25-odd seats. Lady Shri Ram College has to contend with 1,800 aspirants for six seats in the psychology programme.

This deluge of applications have left the colleges unable to work out a merit list from such a huge database. Colleges were supposed to issue the merit list by 5pm on Wednesday, but they have not been able to process the data properly in such a short time period.

All the colleges are overwhelmed with applications. Hindu college has received over 5,000 applications for six seats in BCom (H).

“We are working on the data. The numbers are huge. And we have to work out a merit list only based on the number of seats available,” said Anju Srivastava, principal, Hindu College.

Kirori Mal College of the north campus has about 300 seats under all categories still unfilled but has received more than 40,000 applications.

“LSR received 1,811 applications for the six general category seats in psychology. We never imagined such big numbers. That makes our work even tougher to prepare a merit list. We will go step wise, as directed by the university. In case of the best-of-four scores being the same, we will have to consider the overall class XII aggregate,” said Kanika Ahuja, media coordinator, LSR.

What has caused this deluge in applications seems to be that many applicants who have already secured a seat in a DU college have not withdrawn their enrolments before applying for other colleges and courses.

“The problem is that if these students are offered seats, their current seats will fall vacant and it will only prolong the admission process,” said a principal of a south Delhi college.

“Initially candidates were not allowed to apply without cancelling their admission in other colleges, ” the principal said. “Some of them came to us seeking an assurance that they would get the seat in case they cancel. That’s something we can’t promise. Only students from St Stephen’s and Jesus and Mary, as they are not part of DU’s centralised admission process, were allowed to apply without cancelling their admissions. Later, the DSW office rightly allowed other students the same facility,” he added.

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