In line with its inclusive policy announced ahead of undergraduate admissions, Delhi University has decided that girl students will continue to avail relaxation in cutoffs.
Every year, along with cutoffs, colleges would set some additional eligibility criteria which include relaxation in cutoff to girl aspirants in select colleges and courses. Last year, 18 colleges offered relaxation in cutoffs of 1-5% across courses.[adsenseyu2]
For example, Atma Ram Sanatan Dharam, Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Dyal Singh (morning and evening), Ram Lal Anand (evening) and Shaheed Bhagat Singh (evening) offered 3% relaxation in cutoff to girls in all honours courses of arts and commerce. An equal number of colleges offered relaxation in science courses.
This year, the university has restricted colleges from issuing additional eligibility criteria and instead made them uniform. But colleges will be allowed to continue with this particular additional eligibility criterion in order to continue with its policy of inclusiveness and women’s empowerment.
However, it will let colleges decide if they want to provide any relaxation to girl students in certain courses. The colleges must write to the dean of students’ welfare for approval.
“As a matter of policy the university will allow the colleges to give relaxation to girl students so that a good number of girls join the university. Colleges can write to the university seeking approval of this criterion. There is no point of issuing a uniform guideline on this as it will not serve any purpose. For example, girls from Walled City who want to pursue higher studies in a neighbourhood college will not be benefited if the university decides on a uniform 2% relaxation across colleges. Instead it is better to allow Zakir Husain College to offer 3% relaxation or whatever it deems fit so that girls can get admission. There is no point in making all college relax cutoff for girls as there will be colleges which get more girl students,” said joint dean, dean of students’ welfare and media coordinator, DU, Malay Neerav.[adsenseyu2]
Speaking about the process, dean, DSW, J M Khurana said, “The colleges need to write to the university and the respective cutoff relaxation percentages for girls will subsequently approved. These will then be issued along with the cutoffs.”
The university is also planning to restrict colleges from issuing an individual set of criteria on admitting gap year students. Earlier, students used to face a lot of hardship due to nonexistent uniform criteria. However, according to university officials, a uniform guideline will be issued which will help students who took a gap year apply for admission.