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DU scraps plan to add 5 extra seats in each college

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In a major move, Delhi University has scrapped its plan to add 5 extra seats for each of the merit-based courses at college-level under the College-University Seats Quota. The seats were to be introduced as part of the varsity’s COVID relief measures, allowing college principals to admit 5 additional students over the sanctioned limit for this year.

The last date to submit nominations for admission under the new category of seats was 31st December 2020 but a majority of colleges have not submitted any names of candidates for consideration of the University committee. In response to this, the varsity has decided to cancel the scheme and roll it back.

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One of the prime reasons for roll-back of decision with regards to ‘College – University seats’ was because of the arbitrary eligibility guidelines or norms. In fact, many academic and educationist had termed it as ‘a sort of management quota’ which has no place in a public institution like Delhi University.

As per the guidelines shared by the Delhi University in its 21st December notification, the college principals were empowered to select students for admission to these 5 courses. However, the university’s guidelines didn’t provide any specific procedure under which candidates can be offered admission under the 5 additional seats. Moreover, the candidates chosen for admission under these new seats were to be provided 10% relaxation in cut-offs as well.

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