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Top colleges packed beyond capacity

NEW DELHI: On the second day of admissions on Friday, Delhi University colleges continued admitting students beyond the number of seats available with them. The unusual second-day rush saw colleges such as Hindu, Miranda, and Sri Venkateswara admitting even more students than on Thursday. Aspirants were also seen flocking to off-campus colleges to secure seats instead of banking on later cut-off lists. Meanwhile, most colleges remained non-committal on the probability of notifying second cut-off lists, stating that two days remained for admissions on the basis of the first cut-off.
 
NEW DELHI: On the second day of admissions on Friday, Delhi University colleges continued admitting students beyond the number of seats available with them. The unusual second-day rush saw colleges such as Hindu, Miranda, and Sri Venkateswara admitting even more students than on Thursday. Aspirants were also seen flocking to off-campus colleges to secure seats instead of banking on later cut-off lists. Meanwhile, most colleges remained non-committal on the probability of notifying second cut-off lists, stating that two days remained for admissions on the basis of the first cut-off.

The trend of over-admitting was notable in popular courses such as BCom (H), Economics (H) and the sciences. Shri Ram College of Commerce has admitted 378 candidates for BCom (H) in the general category, well exceeding its 252-seat capacity. Miranda House, too, over-admitted in its honours courses, such as economics, mathematics, political science, geography and physics. "There are two more days left, so let us wait and the figures will speak for themselves," said Miranda House principal Pratibha Jolly.

At Hindu College the rush increased on the second day with 290 candidates taking admission. The college has admitted 115 students in BCom (H) as against its 65-seat capacity. It has also over-admitted in economics (H).

"It is a bit early to speculate on the second list, but many popular courses will be definitely closed with the first list itself. Even after withdrawals, I don't think there will be any vacant seats in courses such as BA-programme and honours courses in physics, chemistry or mathematics," said Kirori Mal College (KMC) principal Bhim Sen Singh. In the general category KMC has admitted 77 students in BA-programme against 44 seats, 73 in physics (H) against 58 seats and 89 in mathematics (H) against 40 seats.

But, there is still hope for aspirants of BCom (H) as colleges such as Lady Shri Ram, Venkateswara, KMC and Gargi, among others, will announce a second list. "In all probability, options will be open in all courses in our college, even if we fill up most of our seats. We expect some movement. But the dip may be as little as 0.25 per cent or 0.50 per cent for courses such as English, political science and history honours," said LSR's admission coordinator Ujjaini Ray.

Source: The Hindu

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