Friday, August 19, 2011

[ZESTCaste] OBC quota: SC verdict leaves teachers fuming

OBC quota: SC verdict leaves teachers fuming
Mallica Joshi, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 19, 2011

The Supreme Court verdict may have finally put an end to all ambiguity
about admission for students of Other Backward Classes (OBC), but it
has the Delhi University officials and teachers fuming. The verdict,
which says that a maximum 10% reduction will be seen in the
eligibility criteria
and not the cut-off for general category students, doesn't change
anything at the ground as the university is following the same rules
since the beginning of this month but teachers are now questioning the
prolonged admission calendar.

"If we have to keep coming out with cut-off lists, how are we going to
teach in class? Also, the level of a general category student and that
of an OBC category student will be very different because of the high
differential in marks. Will they be able to cope up so late?" asked a
teacher at Hindu College.

It is noteworthy that the classes at DU started on July 21. They have
been on for almost a month but admissions are still on. This is also
the first year that the semester system will be implemented in all
courses and the exams of the first semester will be held in November

The Supreme Court has asked all colleges, whose admissions are still
open, to fill vacant seats by August 31.

"For us, nothing has really changed this year as we had already
de-linked OBC cut-offs from general category cut-offs. As for the
conversion of seats in case there are vacancies, we will cross that
bridge when we come to it," said JM Khurana, dean, students' welfare,

Administrators have, for a long time, been demanding that the OBC
admissions be carried out in the same manner as SC/ST admissions.

"There needs to be a centralised admission process under which all OBC
candidates register with the university and based on this, the
university comes out with a cut-off list for them. This will remove
all confusion and will also insure that the colleges fill their seats
easily and do not need to come out with list after list," said a
senior university official.


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