DU’s longest admission season still continuing


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NEW DELHI: It has been 110 days and the Delhi University undergraduate admissions are still not over. Not just that, with almost 7,000 unfilled seats, the varsity’s admission committee has now decided to issue three more cutoff lists.

Admission committee sources said on Wednesday that the cutoffs would be announced on August 20, 24 and 29 for close to 6,990 seats that remain vacant. The university had issued its fifth cutoff on July 20, 2016, and thereafter tried to fill up the seats by drawing up five merit lists.

“We struggled with the candidates’ data as the process was changed to online mode this year. Also, the data sent by the university was confusing, which is another reason that even today we have unfilled seats,” said a principal of a north campus college. The undergraduate admission process started on May 1, 2016 with the online registration process. But a large number of seats have remained unfilled, including many in popular courses such as commerce, economics, English, history , political science, mathematics, physics and chemistry across colleges.

Post the fifth cutoff list, the university had taken a new route of inviting fresh applications for candidates who had already applied through the online route. This second phase took nearly two weeks to complete, during which the colleges issued five merit lists.

But with August 31 being the new deadline for admissions to end, “more candidates are likely to take admission through cutoff lists. We can issue three cutoffs during this time,” said J M Khurana, dean of students’ welfare.

According to DU sources, the filling up the remaining 7,000-odd seats won’t be easy. “With the announcement of the results of NEET, the national medical dental entrance test, it’s likely that some students are going to drop out even now,” said a physics teacher from Hansraj College.”Three first-year students I know have cleared the entrance,” he added.

Close to 50 colleges will issue their sixth cutoff across 12 courses on Saturday . Admissions will be done on Saturday and Monday .

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