Had Ashish Kathit been swift enough to book his seat in Maharaja Agrasen College in Mayur Vihar in East Delhi for B. Tech with his 90.5 per cent on the first day of the admissions, he would not have suffered the misery of being refused admission on the second day on Friday.
Till Thursday, the eligibility for B. Tech in Agrasen College was a mere 87 per cent from Science stream students and 92 per cent from non-Science students. But with an unprecedented number of applications coming in for the course and all the seats getting filled up on the first day itself, this led to the authorities to bend the University rules. The cut-off on Friday was increased to 97 and 92 per cent for non-Science and Science students respectively.
Sahil, hailing from Azadpur, and sitting amid the mayhem occurring in the auditorium of the off-campus college, was furious: “They just increased the cut-off right now due to shortage of seats. It’s insane out here. What of my 87.5 per cent, which had qualified me for the course yesterday, but are not sufficient now? They cannot refuse us admission at this point!”
Despite such an altercation, the auditorium of Agrasen College where a make-shift verification stand was made, witnessed a torrent of students and parents alike. Almost 700-900 people bore the brunt of the humidity and heat in the jam-packed hall – all in the hope of just gaining a foothold in Delhi University.