Massive rush for DU admissions on Day 1

Massive rush for DU admissions on Day 1

Day one of the admission process to undergraduate courses in the Delhi University on Wednesday saw more rush as against last year.

The Dean of students’ welfare J M Khurana said there was an increase of 35 per cent in offline and over 50 per cent in online sale of forms. A total of 42,816 forms were sold.

“Last year, 30,000 forms were sold. The biggest centre for sale and submission of forms was north campus’ Faculty of Arts, which sold 9,031 forms followed by Rajdhani College, west Delhi, which sold 4,300 forms. Around 7,500 online registrations were made, out of which 2,800 payments were recorded. The official university website got 24,000 hits on Wednesday,” said Khurana.

Last year, the DSW office had reportedly said 48,000 forms were sold, 30,000 offline and 18,000 online.

According to Khurana, 35,208 offline forms were sold to general category aspirants whereas 7,608 forms were sold to the reserved category.

“A total of 3,724 offline forms were submitted,” said Khurana. Thisyear there was no separate admission process for the reserved category students. Unlike last year, the SC/ST and physically handicapped have been included in the online filing and submission process.

Students’ union members said there was a technical glitch for a few hours while filing forms online. “We got information about it. It is the first day of admissions, there is bound to be heavy traffic. We are doing everything possible to avoid such a situation,” said an officer.

The university’s two minority institutions, St Stephen’s and Jesus and Mary College, have also started the admission process.

Controversy over the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) seems to have pulled the students to admission centres despite the heat.

“Every day, there is a new development in the new graduation structure. It is making me jittery. I wanted to come and meet a few professors and officials to take their suggestions on what courses to apply. The good part was that vehicles were not allowed to enter the campus till afternoon,” said Ritika Saxena.

Till last year, the general and the OBC category counters and the SC/ST and PH category counters were separate. Students’ union members feel that bringing together all categories in one place also led to crowding at the admission centres.
“It was less strenuous when the SC/ST counters were separate. I came with my elder brother last year during admission time. Despite standing since 10 am, I could not buy a form,” said a student.

Members at the help desks said most of the queries were on course selection.

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