Expecting an increase in the number of applicants for admission this year, PC Joshi, acting vice-chancellor of Delhi University, has recently hinted at increasing the number of seats. Apparently this notion has not diminished well among academic fraternities.
Sangeet Kumar Ragi, head of the political science department at Delhi University, said the university was already grappling with infrastructural challenges. “There is still no official communication about the increase in seats. Adding more seats to accommodate more students will increase the pressure on faculty members as well as physical infrastructure. He added that in order to provide quality education, the administration must first address the faculty deficit and the infrastructural crisis that the university is currently facing.
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According to information recently given by Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in the Lok Sabha, UB has the highest number of vacancies, with 846 approved 1,706 vacancies among other central universities.
Dayal Singh is a college professor who does not want to be named in the infrastructural challenges facing his college. “Colleges are admitting more students than the allowed strength because students are taking place on the cut-off list. Colleges are operating with their limited infrastructure, and if more seats are included, it will hurt the quality of education, ”he said, adding that a prudent decision is needed to address the current challenges and growing demands.
UB is one of the most sought after universities in India. In 2018, the varsity received 2,78,544 applications. With a slight decrease compared to 2018, 2,58,388 candidates applied in 2019 and received more than 5.63 lakh registrations in 2020. Currently, the university has 70,000 seats for undergraduate courses.
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