NEW DELHI: Monday, the first day of admissions after declaration of the second cutoff list, was a busy day for most Delhi University colleges. While Khalsa College has admitted 535 students so far, Hindu College has admitted 757 students, and Ramjas 975 students. Authorities at the popular colleges admit there might not be much to offer in the third list, reports Times of India.
Kirori Mal College, which recorded near-zero admissions to its BCom (honours) course over the first three days after the first cutoff, made a turnaround with over 105 admissions — general (64) and OBC (41) — against a total of 85 seats. On Monday, Kirori Mal admitted a total of 310 students to all its courses.
Hindu College also saw most of its seats being filled up with chemistry, physics, economics, sociology and political science being the most sought-after courses. "We are trying to push up OBC admissions because so far, only 86 admissions have been given as against a total of 204 seats under the OBC category. We may have to continue with OBC admissions in the third list. But for general candidates, not very much can be said for certain," said Hindu College principal Vinay Kumar Srivastava.
Khalsa, too, witnessed a good turnout with 535 admissions being given against a total of 780 seats. College authorities are certain there will be no third list for popular courses. Khalsa principal Jaswinder Singh said, "All seats in the popular courses are expected to be filled by the end of the second list."
Meanwhile, popular off-campus colleges also saw a lot of rush on Monday. Gargi College gave admissions to 890 students by the end of the day. With admissions to honours courses in physics and chemistry already closed, the focus is on other science courses.
"Students showed an interest in science courses like microbiology, life sciences and applied psychology. We expect to wind up the admission process for general candidates in the second list itself, barring honours courses like Sanskrit and Hindi and probably OBC admissions," said principal of Gargi College, Meera Ramachandran.
Like Hindu, most colleges were seen trying to fill up seats under the OBC quota, with several colleges certain that OBC admissions will continue after a third list. Ramjas, which has given 975 admissions so far, has managed to fill up only 89 OBC seats as against a total of 361 seats. "Something is wrong with the criteria for filling up OBC seats, which is why so many seats are lying vacant in many colleges," said Ramjas principal Rajendra Prasad.
Said Ramachandran, "The third list looks a certain for those applying under the OBC quota. But if admissions to most of the courses close for general candidates, we will not be able to relax the cutoff for OBCs any further."