New Delhi: Over 6,000 OBC seats in undergraduate courses in Delhi University may go to general category students this year due to absence of candidates in the reserved category.
The Delhi University has 10,183 seats for OBC students. However, the varsity is facing difficulty in filling them up due to less number of applications from the OBC students.
“Several seats of our various colleges are still vacant. These seats will be converted into general category seats after 14 August as per the university’s earlier decision,” a DU official told PTI.
“At least two third of the total OBC seats are expected to be converted into the general seats, thus providing greater opportunity for candidates other than OBC categories,” the official said.
The total number of seats available for undergraduate courses in the university is 49,640, including 7,446 seats for scheduled caste students.
The university had recorded about 2,300 vacancies in the reserved seats for OBC category last year also. Central educational institutions across the country had witnessed about 5,000 vacancies last year. The issue was then taken to the Supreme Court which had ruled that the vacant seats should go to the general category.
”Surprisingly, the seats are vacant not only in off-campus colleges but also in many of sought after colleges and even in favourite subjects like B.Com,“ the official said.
While admissions for general category students has been closed in major colleges, the process is still on for OBC seats in these institutions.
For instance, admissions for popular B.Com (H) course in Hans Raj college has been closed for general students but the process is still on in the reserved categories.
Similarly, in Ramjas, admissions are on for all the courses in OBC category while the process has been closed for general students in many streams.
Same is the case with the prestigious Lady Sri Ram, Kirorimal and Indraprastha colleges.
Central educational institutions, including DU are implementing 27% reservation for backward classes in a staggered manner over a period of three years starting from 2008-09.
These institutions will have to increase their total intake by 54% to implement the 27% OBC quota.