At Delhi University’s top colleges, cuts find few takers

New Delhi – Even on the second day of admission to Delhi University (DU), demand for some courses at top colleges remained extremely low with many admissions registering in single digits. Although some courses saw strong attendance, overall the numbers remained low.

At Ramjas College, there has so far been only one admission in BCom (Hons) and five in Economics. There are 99 places for BCom and 62 places for Economics in college. Hindu College has recorded only six admissions in BSc Chemistry and eight in English (Hons).

Similarly, at Hansraj College, there have been five and eight admissions in English and Economics respectively, while course places are 49 and 50 respectively.

Demand for Hindi also remained low as Hansraj and Ramjas only saw two admissions to the course despite the offer of 50 and 62 places respectively. The statistics also remained unpopular as only one student was admitted in Hindu and two in Ramjas.

Colleges attribute the low turnout to high cut-offs and new admissions guidelines.

They say there were a lot more admissions last year around this time. “There are a total of 123 seats for the economy, of which about half are filled. Until last year we had a full house on the first day itself. Most of the students who opted for economics generally belonged to the science stream. This time there is a 2.5% disadvantage to switching streams, so fewer people show up,” said SRCC grievance committee member Rakesh Ranjan.

At Hansraj College, courses like BA (Programme), which attract a large number of students, have only had 10 admissions while there are 34 places.

The BA(P) threshold at Hansraj is 90-96%. “There are definitely fewer students this time around and I think that’s because of the high thresholds. Probably, the second list will see a higher turnout,” said Professor Animesh Naskar, Admissions Officer (Arts and Commerce).

Also at Daulat Ram College, there has not been much demand for BCom (Hons) and BCom (P), as well as science subjects. “We certainly expected more students for these courses, but there has not been such a great response. I think the colleges have inflated the scientific thresholds thinking that due to the AIPMT fiasco, many will accept admissions and then later withdraw,” said Pooja Jain, the college admissions officer.

Of the college’s 1,077 seats, 425 seats have been filled so far.

On the contrary, Political Science, Zoology and Botany in Ramjas experienced over-admissions with 101 being admitted to 62 seats, 50 being admitted to 46 seats and 47 being admitted to 46 seats respectively.

INDIAN EXPRESS

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