The University of Delhi has announced a relaxation of 5 per cent on to SC/ST/OBC candidates for admission into MPhil/PhD programmes at different colleges affiliated under DU. In a circular issued by the university, it has been mentioned that the relaxation has been assured to the reserved category and people with disability who could not qualify due to the 50 per cent entrance eligibility. This eligibility rule was made mandatory by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The rule was adopted by Delhi University in 2017 and made into an ordinance. For the reserved category students, admission eligibility is now 45 per cent.
It has been reported that due to this rule that was implemented earlier there were many departments where candidates could not qualify and these included students from the general category as well. The candidates had stage protest against it and even filed a petition in the High Court. Due to this incident, the interview for the MPhil/PhD admission at DU was postponed. This serious matter was even raised at the Parliament and the HRD minister had promised of action.
Even after the relaxation, students have claimed that there will be numerous candidates even in the general category who won't be able to qualify. For this, the circular states even after relaxation, a student in the reserved categories and differently abled category cannot qualify, the departments have to formulate a policy to admit from the pool of those students who have qualified the National Eligibility Test (NET).
This new arrangement will be made a part of clause D, Ordinance VI of the university mandate. The admission in MPhil/PHD program in DU is conducted in two different ways, entrance test conducted by the university and then the other from those who have qualified NET. The department has been informed the interview of the students is held at the same time both for the reserved and non-reserved category. Once the interview is done after the admission list is out, the seats would be allotted as per reservation.