New Delhi: The Delhi University has received over 47,291 applications for admission to the under graduate courses under the first cut-off list with 7,167 students completing the process by paying the fees.
As many as 9,114 applications have been approved by principals across colleges. The university released its first cut-off list on October 1 and the admissions to nearly 70,000 seats commenced on Monday.
At Hindu College, most of those who took admissions to Political Science (Honours) is from Kerala State Board.
The university is receiving more students with 100 per cent marks in their best four subjects.
Call for screening
Colleges have observed that students from few particular boards like Kerala have more scorers of 100 per cent compared to others. As a result, colleges feel the entrance exam is the only resort to restrict the number of students for admission.
Students who got admission till now under the first cut off list has 100 per cent marks but this time the number of such students is higher as compared to the previous year.
In Ramjas College, three subjects have 100 per cent cut-offs whereas others have more than 99 per cent. On Monday, the college received more than 25 students who secured 100 per cent marks. Today till afternoon, the number rose to 40.
At Miranda House, the unreserved seats for Political Science (Honours) course have been filled and there is a possibility that in the second list, only be seats available under the reserved categories will be available. Many full marks scorers have applied for admission.
Lack of faculties
"It's the same story every year. If you have 100 per cent (cut-off), then also you have over-admissions. We will have to work on how to engage more teachers and maintain a good teacher-student ratio," principal Anju Srivastava said.
Last month, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had directed central universities to fill up 6,200 vacancies of professors.
Even for the BA programme for the combination of political science and history, there have been 100 admissions to 60 seats available under the course, said convener(admissions) Rajesh Dwivedi.
"When there are over admissions, it poses a problem. Our classrooms can accommodate 68 students so we will have to create two sections. In online classes, teachers can teach any number of students but whenever physical classes resume there will be a problem. Teachers will be stretched," he said.
Number of applications
At Ramjas College, 350 applications have been received till now and nearly 200 have been approved. As many as 62 students have paid the fees.
At Deen Daya Upadhyaya College, of 650 applications received, 110 have been approved. Certificates of 50 students are pending verification while the admission of 250 students has been rejected.
The college has received maximum applications for the BA programme at 100 while there have been zero admissions to BSc (Honours) Computer Science for which the cut-off has been pegged at 100 per cent.
Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College has not received eligible applicants for the BCom programme for which the minimum marks required for admission are 100 per cent.
"We have 30 seats for the course and we kept the cut-off at 100 per cent so that students who do not have mathematics can apply for the course. Till now, we have had applications, but they were not found to be eligible," said college principal Dr Jaswinder Singh.
Aryabhatta College has received 569 applications of which 341 have been approved. The college has had 100 admissions for 60 seats in BA (Honours) Political Science, including 70 from the unreserved category.
However, many students who are yet to pay the fees. The deadline for paying the fees is Friday evening, so colleges will get to know the exact status on Saturday morning.
"In case there are over admissions to the unreserved seats, the colleges are mandated to proportionally increase seats under the SC/ST and OBC categories. We will wait and watch the situation till the second and third lists and then decide," he said.
Hansraj College has had 132 admissions in BSc (Honours) as against 758 seats while 148 admissions have taken place against 956 seats for BA (honours) and BA programmes.
At Atma Ram Santana Dharma College, 215 applications have been approved with maximum admissions happening BA programme, Hindi (Honours), Economics (Honours) and BCom programme. In Rajdhani College, 189 admissions have taken place against a total of 1,194 seats available in the college.
Speaking to ANI, Manoj Khanna, Principal, Ramjas College said, "The trend is very unusual this year. The cut-offs are higher this time. After we analysed the data, we saw students securing higher marks are very high. Even students with 100 per cent marks are much higher this time. I think we should announce next year's policy from now so that students remain well prepared."
"As per the trend, we are seeing few particular boards have more 100 per cent marks. The new normal with 100 per cent marks is going to change our admission process also. We have to innovate our ideas and policies according to the need and requirements of the students. Perhaps, the entrance examination is the only option," Khanna emphasised.
The final board examination of schools did not take place this time due to persisting COVID situation and instead, boards gave marks to students based on earlier assessments.
Jaswinder Singh, Principal, SGTB Khalsa College said, "The cut-offs are higher this time. In commerce, science and political science, our cut off is 99.50 per cent. On the first day, we had 62 admissions in different courses. We are processing the second-day admission."
Under DU guidelines students will be allowed to choose only one programme in a college during a particular cutoff.
The trend shows students applying for the science stream is much higher this time.
The admission based on the first cut off list will continue till October 6.