In a written letter, the Forum of Academics for Social Justice has asked Yogesh Singh, vice chancellor of Delhi University (DU), to examine admission data from the previous five years and look into the shortfall in enrolment of students from reserved categories before beginning the admission process this year.
Hansraj Suman, the forum’s chairman and a former member of the DU’s Academic Council, alleges that university colleges annually admit more students than sanctioned seats, while reserved seats remain unoccupied.
“Before starting the admission process under scheduled tribes (ST), other backward classes (OBC) and persons with disabilities (PWD) quota, the data of the last five years should be analysed. It will show that colleges have given more admissions than the sanctioned seats, while the reserved seats are not filled in return. Every year the seats of reserved categories remain vacant,” the letter stated.
According to Suman, DU colleges make 10% more admissions than the sanctioned seats each year, and most colleges do not fill reserved seats on the increased seats. He has also requested Singh to form a college monitoring committee that will prepare a report on the lack of facilities at these institutions.
“Delhi University should constitute a monitoring committee for the colleges at its level. Only teachers of reserved classes should be kept in this committee. The committee should visit these colleges and talk to the teachers or staff or students on their problems. Talk to those students on the problems faced by them and prepare a report on the lack of facilities in the colleges,” he stated.
Last month, the DU vice-chancellor appointed an eight-member committee to investigate the “shortfall” in enrolment of SC and ST students at the university. Dean of Students Welfare Pankaj Arora chairs the committee, with Joint Dean of Students Welfare Gurpreet Singh serving as member secretary.
“The Vice-Chancellor has constituted a committee to examine the issue regarding shortfall in the enrolment of the SC, ST students and make a recommendation to enhance the enrolment of SC, ST students in the University of Delhi with immediate effect,” the official notification had stated.