The University of Delhi (DU) decided on Tuesday not to implement the controversial decision to introduce five supernumerary vacancies at its 63 universities, announced as a one-time measure to help registered students who were unable to enter due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Officials at the University of Delhi said that no university has approached the administration with an application for admission in these seats. The plan, under which five students were expected to be admitted at the discretion of the university principals and DU administration, had drawn criticism from both students and faculty who said it would open the door to corruption.
Last Tuesday, the university had issued a notice announcing the introduction of 315 supernumerary vacancies in undergraduate courses at its 63 affiliated universities, five at each institution for registered students who were unable to enter. The notification did not cite any specific reason why a candidate would be considered for admission to the additional seating category. It said that the merit of the eligible candidate “must not exceed 10% of the last limit issued by the college.”
The notification indicated that the decision was made at the request of the directors and members of the executive council (EC), the university’s highest decision-making body.
DU dean of universities and spokesman Balram Pani confirmed Tuesday that the administration has decided not to implement the proposal. “The decision has been made since no university has sent the application for admission in these five places. The administration had decided to introduce these seats just to help students amid the pandemic. We cannot go ahead with proposals when no university has come forward to admit students to these seats, ”he said.
December 30 was the last date for colleges to send details of students who could be admitted under the new rule.
Several directors said they had never supported the decision. Ramjas College Principal Manoj Khanna said: “The decision was made without any discussion with the principals. In fact, there was no discussion with any legal body at the university ”.
Another director, who did not want to be named, said: “Management had said that the decision to introduce these seats was made after receiving requests from the directors. Where are those directors now? It is a plot to allow back door entries and due to huge criticism from principals, teachers and students, the University has now decided to withdraw it. “
The university’s registrar, Vikas Gupta, said the decision to implement the notice cannot be called a “withdrawal.” “We decided not to go ahead with the decision as there have been no requests from the directors. We cannot call it retirement. One of the reasons behind the applications may be that the university has given leverage of only 5% since the last announced cutoff for any course at any university. “
Seema Das, member of the executive council (EC) of DU, said: “It was an attempt to introduce a discretionary quota on admissions. The EC member had never supported a decision like the one claimed by the administration. “