Even though Delhi University (DU) kick-started its new academic session today, some colleges have still not been able to fill up the general category seats and have issued a Fifth Cut-off List.
Colleges including Hindu, Ramjas, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (DDU), Satyawati and Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women have announced a fifth cut-off list.
Surprisingly, at the end of it all, the most coveted and hard-to-get courses like BCom (Hons) and economics (Hons) still have seats to offer even in some campus colleges. For instance, Ramjas that had closed admissions for economics (Hons) after the second list, now has six seats lying vacant besides nine in BSc (Hons) Maths and four in English (Hons) in the general category.
“We had declared economics (Hons) closed earlier, but when Hans Raj and SRCC lowered their cut-offs, many of our students started withdrawing. Economics (Hons) was open in the fourth list, but by then students seemed to have settled down,” According to Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College.
Though the college has not released a fifth list, it plans to advertise for its vacant seats soon. Even Daulat Ram is suffering from withdrawal pangs. Until the last day of admissions for fourth list, there had been 162 total withdrawals across all courses with 27 in BCom (H) alone. Besides, 23 students withdrew from the BA Programme, 16 from economics (H), 15 from political science (H) and 14 from English(H).
The college has decided not to come up with a fifth list. “But every department has been asked to hold a meeting on July 18 to decide the required marks after which a waiting list will be put up,” said Ira Pandit, spokesperson, Daulat Ram.
Meanwhile, a declining interest in science was again evident this year with some colleges opening admissions only for science courses. DDU has a fifth list for Physical Science and Life Science in the general category at 55% and 59% respectively and the admissions are open on July 16 and 17.
Satyawati College has opened admissions on the first come first serve basis in all courses except Hindi, Economics and Sanskrit, with the cut-off lowered by about 2%. Hindu has released a fifth cut-off - 82.5-89.5% - for History (H). However, Shaheed Rajguru College managed to fill all its general seats on Tuesday after its fifth list was out.