Indore: Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) has decided to declare supplementary results of doctoral entrance test (DET) for reserved category students who were deprived of quota benefits. “Five percent relaxation was to be given to candidates belonging to reserved categories in DET results but they were deprived of benefit. We will correct our mistake and declare supplementary results this week,” said vice-chancellor Dr Narendra Dhakad.
The announcement came a day after Free Press exposed the goof-up committed by the university authorities. As per Ordinance of PhD, relaxation of five percent in qualifying marks was to be given to SC, ST and OBC candidates. In other words, the minimum qualifying marks for quota students should have been 45. But university overlooked the clause and declared results with 50 percent marks set as minimum qualifying criteria.
When brought to knowledge of university, it admitted the mistake and said that it would fix it. “It was a mistake. No quota student will be deprived of his/her rights,” said Prof VB Gupta, chairman, PhD cell at DAVV.
Supplementary results may invite row
Though the university has announced plans to declare supplementary results for DET with giving five percent relaxation in minimum qualifying marks to reserved category students, experts say move may kick off controversy.
“Interviews of 31 out of 44 courses of PhD have already been conducted and students have been enrolled for course work. For seats still remaining vacant, candidates declared successful in supplementary results will be considered for admission. This is unjust to them. They did not get equal opportunity,” said a professor.
However, the V-C has other views. “We have enough seats vacant in every course so accommodating deserving students from reserved category won’t be a problem. If problem of seats persists, we will make special provisions for students,” he said.