Despite sky-touching cutoffs, Delhi University might face the problem of over-crowding

Delhi University fills half of their seats, despite keeping the highest cutoffs ever.

Known for the best faculty and placement, Delhi University is famous nationally and globally. The college has notable alumni ranging from film actors to politicians.

Around 77 colleges affiliated with the University fill a prominent rank in the NAAC ranking of best colleges.

With seven colleges demanding at least 100% marks for nine courses, the University of Delhi (DU) faces over admission.

University’s admission portal stated to receive a total of 30,544 applications on the first day, out of which 795 students have completed their payments, and 2286 admissions approved.

Compared to last year, the University received 11,554 more admissions on the initiation of the admission portal.

College reaction to the issue

Due to the pandemic, the merit calculation was different, pushing students’ peak scores to a new level. In return, the University has no other choice instead to sky-rocketing its cutoffs.

Apart from premium colleges like earlier, currently, other colleges marked their cutoffs with 100%.

Miranda House and Hindu College received several applications, whereas other colleges with 100% cutoff, like SGTB Khalsa College, received no applications for its Bcom course attached with 100% cutoff.

The popular courses, including History, Political science, Psychology, Computer Science, BA programme, Bcom, are coming with a 100% cutoff.

College providing them are Ramjas College, Hansraj College, Hindu College, Shaheed Sukhdev College, SRCC, Deen Dayal Upadhyay College, SGTB Khalsa College, Jesus and Mary College.

Suman Sharma, the principal of Lady Shri Ram College, said that they had received over 750 applications for admissions to various courses.

Last year, Lady Shri Ram was the only college that pegged 100 per cent cutoff of three-course including BA(Hons) Political Science, BA(Hons) Economics and BA (Hons) Economics, whereas the minimum reached 99.75 this year.

Arbhyatta college stated receiving 250 applicants, approving half out of all to admission. The numeric value in popular courses said 50 in Bcom and 20 in Political science (Honours).

According to data shared by Deen Dayal Upadhya College, out of 808 applications, more than 300 gained approval. Rajdhani College allowed around 30 candidates out of all applications.

As the application portal is still on, the numeric value states gain. The only possible chance of a decrease in cutoffs is on the fulfilment of premium college seats.

The schedule plan states only five lists for further release, making 90% or below scores change their university goal plans of Delhi University.

The portal with around 70,000 seats has changed its medium to online since last year due to the COVID pandemic outbreak.

Many college principals have stated the medium is going smooth and has recorded great encouraging responses in return.

They have also noted that high applicants this year are due to students’ fear of not getting a chance in cutoff lists due to limited seats and a high population scoring above 95%.

Dr Rajesh Giri, the principal of Rajdhani college, reported that teachers process admission under the following cutoffs from their homes.

But since being the initial cutoff realise, various committees are functioning from the college.

In a case where Hansraj college sought 100 per cent for BSc (Honours), Computer Science received 11 applications from the unreserved category and 12 from the OBC category, all scoring 100%. It made all approval under the unreserved category.

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