The academic space of Delhi University (DU) is apprehensive due to the immense vacancy of reserved seats for aspirants under the Economically Weaker Section category. The humanized cause for uplifting the unprivileged classes through positive discrimination is destabilized now. Last year 15% of seats were reserved for this category while this year it had an addition of 10 %. In many courses despite the significant drop in the cut-off rates, the seats under EWS category are vacant. The highest number of vacancies can be observed in the BSc Programme and Vocational courses. Ramjas college noted 14 out of 16 seats under the EWS category were not filled in the physical sciences with Chemistry course. While at the College of Vocational Studies, 10 of 14 seats in the tourism course are vacant.
Many students were unable to procure and provide the family income certificate within the prescribed time to the DU administrative officials during the admission process. Kumar Ashutosh of CVS said, “DU has a rule that the certificate has to relate to the period after March 31. Because of the lockdown, many could not get the certificate.” While many students were unaware of the EWS category in the virtual model of the admission process. The paramount information did not reach the target aspirants. According to RK Dwivedi, admission convenor at Aryabhatta College, “They did not select the option of EWS in the admission form. Without that, they cannot be considered under that head.”
Many people discerned the high initial cut-offs as one of the reason. In the beginning, the difference between the EWS category and the generals were just between 0.25-1 %. Later many colleges lowered the cut-off rates to propagate more inclusivity in the academic structure. At Hansraj College, the first-list cut-off for history (H) was 97 % under this category while at the seventh cut-off list it was dropped to 92%. In the third cut-off drive, it was 85%.
The lower rates of admission under the EWS category compared to last year alludes to the deprivation and ostracization of the DU aspirants dream amidst the Pandemic. The economic inequality has legitimized the bourgeois classes autonomy for years, the pandemic has widened the gap between people even more. There is an immediate requirement to conduct special drives to give students access to the education which they deserve.