Fear of over-admissions drove Delhi University cut-offs to 100%

Written by Express news service | New Delhi | Updated: Jul 2 2014, 16:59pm hrs
Delhi UniversityThe first day of admissions saw one admission in the course at ARSD (Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Late Monday, after the first cut-off list was announced, many students realised that nothing less than a perfect score would get them admitted to three Delhi University colleges. On Tuesday, colleges were quick to offer a reason for demanding a 100 per cent from students a fear of over-admissions.

According to the first cut-off list, a section of students will require a 100 per cent cut-off for admission to Computer Science (H) at Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College (ARSD), Acharya Narendra Dev College (ANDC) and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College.

While the ANDC cut-off range for general category is 95-100 per cent, the same for ARSD is 98-100 per cent. At Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College, the Computer Science (H) cut-off for general as well as students with disabilities categories is between 97 and 100 per cent.

The first day of admissions saw one admission in the course at ARSD while two students one general and one reserved category were admitted to Computer Science (H) at ANDC.

Clarifying that the 100 per cent cut-off was for non-science stream students, Savithri Singh, Principal of ANDC, said, According to the university guidelines, the cut-off for humanities and commerce streams should be five per cent higher for courses such as Computer Science (H).

Colleges said it was a fear of admitting more than the sanctioned strength in the course which has kept the score at 100 per cent.

There are over 9,000 students who have applied for Computer Science (H) and they have scored 95 per cent in Class XII. We have 45 seats in the course this year 15 less than last year. We are a science college. We cannot afford to take any risks. If we have a seating arrangement for 60 students, we do not want to admit 80. Last year, some colleges over-admitted students in computer science to such an extent that one computer had to be shared by five students, Singh said.

The university guidelines ask us to look at all applicants who applied under FYUP as well as others. Last year, the cut-offs for computer science was 92-97 per cent and we saw a huge rush of students,ARSD College principal Gyantosh K Jha said.

Jha said, We admitted more than 90 students against a sanctioned strength of 50 last year. The seats have come down to 44 this year. This is because Programme course seats were distributed among Honours courses under FYUP. Since we have shifted to the three-year format, those seats have gone to Programme courses again. With 44 seats, we have to be wary. The college had gotten into a legal case last year because of over-admissions in the course. We have to take out eight lists this year and we wanted to be careful.

The SPM College principal could not be reached for comments.