Just days before the conclusion of the undergraduate admissions process at the University of Delhi, the university team has introduced “college-university places” above the sanctioned force, a measure opposed by professors and student groups. students.
Four members of the Academic Council (AC) of the university team affirmed that the supernumerary positions will be like a management fee, since the power to select candidates has been left in the hands of the directors and the university.
“At the request of the directors of the constituent universities of the University of Delhi and the elected members of the executive council, a committee was formed to explore the possibility of providing few places to universities in view of the Covid-19 pandemic for the admission to UG courses based on merit.
“The competent authority of the university has approved the committee’s recommendation for five admissions under the College University headquarters in the current 2020-21 academic session,” read a circular issued by the University Registrar on Monday.
He said that the director of the university will be allowed to allow five admissions (of which two may be suggested by the university) in UG courses.
Four AC members have written a letter to Acting Vice Chancellor PC Joshi, claiming that since there is intense competition to secure admission to DU universities, such a move “is not only totally unethical, it is also illegal.”
“This move is an attempt to restart such opaque practices in the name of the COVID-19 pandemic. The precise connection between COVID-19 and such a discretionary quota is unclear and completely questionable; in fact, it appears to be just an alibi to satisfy vested interests, ”the letter said.
“It is relevant to note that when DU did not bother to advise universities to reduce fees, where in the context of COVID 19 so many people are in a situation of fragility and financial precariousness, such discretionary admissions to candidates without any connection to COVID 19 whatever it is is a selective and ironic proposition, to say the least, ”he said.
The letter from the members of the Academic Council further affirms that this policy seriously compromises transparency and probity in the admission process. Candidates with lower limits will be admitted by administrators at different levels, he said, adding that the Delhi High Court had categorically ruled against such discretionary admissions by the governing bodies of universities and thus had put an end to the so-called management fee.
The CA members also affirmed that the fee has been approved without presenting the issue to the council.
Executive Council (EC) member Rajesh Jha said: “We strongly oppose any kind of discretionary fee in the DU admission process, which is a serious violation of the principles of merit, inclusion and social justice. The public university cannot grant special privileges to anyone on the basis that are not reasonable, rational and egalitarian ”.
While RSS affiliate Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has demanded the withdrawal of the circular, the left-backed Indian Student Association (AISA) has demanded that the decision be struck down on the grounds that it would sow the seeds of the corruption. “The decision of the University of Delhi to allocate 5 supernumerary places under the quota of ‘university places’ will promote corruption and is very unfair to deserving students. The University of Delhi should withdraw this decision immediately and not lay the ground for discrimination among students, ”said Sidharth Yadav, Secretary of State of ABVP Delhi.
All India Students Association (AISA) said in a statement: “When the university administration has full autonomy, denying the central admissions scheme provided by the University, we have several examples of corruption cases across the country. This admission scheme gives a blatant privilege to students with monetary capacity, leading to a buying and selling of seats. ”