At Delhi University, 3-4 times more students than places in some colleges

The over-admission was not limited to the major colleges of the University of Delhi (DU) this year, as several lesser-known colleges also saw more students join than the number of places on offer, a panel report reveals from DU who has evaluated several undergraduate programs.

The most astounding case is the history of BA (Honors) at Dyal Singh College. With a capacity of 77 places, the college had set a relatively low threshold of 94 percent for unreserved places. The report lists 327 entries into the program, more than four times the number of places.

There appear to be two sets of courses for which the results reflect a high number of over-admissions: popular courses at first-choice colleges and popular courses for which lesser-known colleges had lower cutoffs.

For example, in the case of the Bachelor of Political Science (Honors), Hindu College had set a threshold of 100% for unreserved seats and still admitted 146 students against 49 seats. Ten colleges had a threshold of over 99 percent for the program.

Bhagini Nivedita College, a rural college in Najafgarh, had set one of the lowest thresholds for the popular program, at 80% for unreserved places, and admitted 132 students against 58 places. The PGDAV Evening College set a threshold of 88.5% and admitted 185 students against 56 seats; Kalindi College had a threshold of 93 percent and admitted 250 students against 154 seats.

For B.Com (Honors), 15 colleges have set the first threshold at 99%. Here, too, lesser-known colleges that set lower cutoffs for the course appear to have experienced significant over-admissions. With a threshold of 97 percent, the College of Vocational Studies admitted 263 students against 96 seats. Zakir Husain Evening College set an initial threshold of 94% for the program and registered 132 admissions against 78 seats.

A nine-member committee had been formed within the DU to examine admission-related issues such as the division between school boards and over-admissions in order to come up with an “alternative strategy for optimal admissions to undergraduate courses” . The Indian Express reported that the panel recommended that the AU adopt a common entrance test, signaling uneven opportunities in the cutoff process for students from different councils.

Among the datasets the committee looked at were the courses with the highest number of admissions up to the time of writing. The dataset covers 47,306 admissions against the first three cut lists.

Other popular courses that have seen over-admission at popular colleges are Physics at Miranda House (232 vs. 86 seats) and Hindu College (210 vs. 79 seats); Chemistry at Miranda House (184 against 78 seats) and Hindu College (144 against 79 seats); and mathematics at Hindu College (185 against 49 seats).

The report noted “significantly low” admissions over the years to Scheduled Tribe-only seats and languages. “The committee was of the opinion that applicants can be constructively encouraged to opt for such courses by optimally emphasizing their relevance and qualitative importance,” he said.

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