Published: 11th July 2019
Delhi University fails to fill up seats under EWS category, short of 2673 students
While all colleges struggled to get students under the EWS category, the PGDAV College (Evening) overshot the reservation by 28 students
The Delhi University has been struggling to fill up the allotted reserved seats in the EWS category as it fell miserably short of the stipulated 10 per cent mark in its recent admissions for UG courses. A mere 3.73 per cent (1589) of the 42,621 students admitted to undergraduate courses come under EWS — a shortage of 2,673 students.
The Pannalal Girdharlal Dayanand Anglo Vedic College (Evening) has admitted 109 students under the EWS category, the most number of admissions in this category — 13.6 per cent of the 803 students admitted in the college — followed by Shaheed Bhagat Singh College (Evening) at 103 and Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College with 100 admissions in the same category. PGDAV College (Evening) overshot the number of reserved seats by 3.6 per cent or 28 students. While PGDAV's EWS admissions were higher than than the stipulated number, the other famous colleges under the university scored really low — Hindu College (37), Hans Raj College (40), Lady Shri Ram College for Women (21), Shri Ram College of Commerce (29), Ramjas College (37), Miranda House (73) and more.
More than 59 per cent of the students admitted till Monday belong to the unreserved category while the number of Scheduled Tribes (ST) students was staggering at a low 3.02 per cent as opposed to the allotted 7.5 per cent — 1908 students short. While the 15 per cent of the seats are reserved for the Scheduled Castes (SC) only 10.61 per cent of the students belong to the category (1871 students short). Several universities have, allegedly, informed the MHRD that it is a very difficult task to implement the EWS quota in its present form. They have allegedly sought the government’s intervention in the matter.
Reservation for those who are not from any scheduled castes or scheduled tribes or any other backward classes but need assistance under the Economically Weaker Section or EWS (family income lower than Rs 8 lakh) quota has been one of the most debated issues in the past few months — with states like Tamil Nadu opposing it, the NCBC assuring that it will not affect the other communities.