Hundreds of university students at the University of South China in Hunan have been made to choose their majors through a lottery system, according to state media. The top 32% of civil engineering students were allowed free choice, while the remainder queued to pick their major through a randomised lucky draw system.

Of the seven majors available, overcrowding was occurring as the 585 second-year students competed to sign up to classes. The policy has reportedly been in place for years, though students going through the lottery are allowed to exchange majors with other students.

Critics, including writers and internet users, have referred to this policy as “lazy”, “irresponsible” and “an act of discrimination.”

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Students at the school however do not necessarily agree.

One student told Beijing Times, “I think it is quite fair. Students are encouraged to study hard to gain the chance to freely choose majors. Even if we get a dissatisfying major after the lottery, we can exchange it with others.”

Medhavi Arora is in her final year at the University of Hong Kong studying Journalism and International Relations. Her print, video and multimedia pieces have been featured in the Times of India and CNN-IBN. She is a former intern at UN Women and has additional experience in sustainability, international affairs and communications.