Delhi University released its 10th cut-off list last Monday to spark off a flurry of controversies and circumspections across many corners of the academic sphere. Many are of the opinion that such an incident reflects DU’s lack of foresight and management virtues owing to which students are falling prey to mental harassment and bitter experiences.
As if like a game of musical chairs, DU has been on spree of releasing cut-off lists one after another much to the confusion of the students. Never before has DU witnessed the release of a 10th cut-off list in its academic history since its inception. Such cases were only seen and heard of with the reserved category seats as general seats were hardly left vacant further than the 6th cut-off list.
DU’s popular courses which include economics and commerce are the most affected as a result of the whimsical attitude exhibited by the university authorities. Admissions to these courses have been intermittently opened and closed repeatedly a multiple number of times in this current academic session. This incident took place in spite of the fact that the current academic session has started and full-fledged classes are in progress everywhere.
Sri Venkateswara College has reopened admissions for economics while College of Vocational Studies has reopened its gates for fresh commerce admissions. The North Campus witnessed multiple colleges reopening their admission procedures in multiple streams. Hansraj College has reopened admissions in zoology, Daulat Ram College for botany and Hindu College for mathematics and statistics.
SGND Khalsa College has reopened admissions for both commerce and economics while general category seats in history, philosophy and political science still lie vacant in Gargi College. The cut-offs for Gargi are though not featured on the list released by DU. In Ramjas College admissions are open for history, chemistry, botany and zoology.
The college authorities are of the opinion that the complications have risen due to the unexpected number of seats left vacant by students opting for engineering and medical courses who had previously held seats in different streams of DU. The prolonged duration of engineering and medical counselling procedures have further added to the woes of the university authorities as DU is repeatedly falling short of students every time a fresh round of such counselling is held.
Even streams like commerce and economics are also allegedly losing students to engineering. These two streams are found to be the worst affected of the lot as most of the colleges are finding these streams to be the most troublesome to get filled. It is presumed that the increased number of seats in engineering is helping students who are in a dilemma on choosing commerce over engineering. The vacant seats in engineering are thus luring the commerce students to take up engineering rather than commerce.
S N Sharma an education expert feels, “The general and engineering colleges must synchronize their counselling procedures in order to ensure that nowhere vacant seats are left. This will not only help the college authorities to handle the entire process more effortlessly but also make the entire admission process less troublesome and problematic for the students.”