DU begins its four-year journey

DU begins its four-year journey

It is 7:30 am and Ranjita Tammineni is standing outside an office window of Kirori Mal College (KMC) at DU. As minutes tick away, this 18-year old keeps a constant eye on her watch and the window in front. There is something that Ranjita wants

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An hour later she again looks at the window and this time turns back too. All she can see is a long queue of students. Ranjita tries to relax, for she is few minutes away from what she has dreamt of, for years.

Finally, the hour and a half long wait comes to an end as clock strikes 9. The window opens and she gets a ‘Delhi University Admission Form’.

An elated Ranjita looks at her form and smiles at her sister who is sitting on a small parapet away from the crowd. “Finally, I am relaxed. Now I will fill the form and submit it today itself,” says Ranjita, who secured 80 percent in Std XII and wants to pursue Botany or Zoology (Hons) from India’s most prestigious university. 

Ranjita has other reasons to be happy because she will be in the first batch of the newly introduced Four-Year Undergraduate Programme. “I am very happy that DU has introduced the four-year course. You don’t have to cram subjects like earlier. Instead, the curriculum is more application-based now. Today, people are criticising the FYUP model but soon it will be implemented in other universities too. I think introduction of Discipline I and II is a fantastic thing. I wanted to do my studies in Psychology but my parents never allowed me to take up Humanities and I had to take Science. Now, I am getting an opportunity to study Psychology in Discipline II.”

However, there were other students who unlike Ranjita are dreaming of the fun they will have for the next four years. For Sahil Gulati, who has secured 91 percent and wants to do Economics (Hons), FYUP is the least bothersome thing.

“Be it is three or four years there is nothing like Delhi University. My aim is to study in the North Campus, enjoy life, make new friends and live every moment of it,” says Sahil, who chose to collect his admission form from Miranda House - one of the three centres along with KMC and the Arts Faculty, which are distrib­uting forms.

However, Sahil was a bit annoyed when the doors of the college opened half-an-hour later than the given time. “We had wait for so long under the scorching sun and had to run to take our position in the queue the moment the gates opened,” says Sahil. Owing to the delay in the distribution of the forms here, a long queue winding its way all the way to Khalsa College and beyond was seen.

But the situation was worse in Faculty of Arts. Thousands of students eagerly but patiently awaited their turn in long-winding queues. Oblivious to scorching heat, the students were busy filling forms. While some stood under the trees to shield themselves, others found empty chairs in eateries and canteens.

But irrespective of the discomfort they were in, the enthusiasm to be a part of most desirable campus was noticeable across board.    

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