Last-minute scramble on campus

Last-minute scramble on campus


Last-minute scramble on campus

Three weeks of constant jostling of students at admission centres in Delhi University has finally come to an end.  Thousands thronged the north campus on the last day as they feared being left far behind in becoming a part of the most prominent university in the country. 

While the majority were students who consciously wanted to fill and submit the form on the last day, there were many who were apprised about the form submission a day or a two before the last day. 

 Considering this fact and giving a special chance to those students who have changed their minds about FYUP and have finally decided to be a part of the new graduation system, the university administration extended the deadline of offline form submission till 4 pm and online till midnight. 

The news came as a big surprise for Anjali Srivastava, who was ditched by her friend at the last moment for applying to DU. “My friend and I decided to fill the form together but she dropped the plan day before yesterday. I wanted to come along with her but now I am here alone filling the form. I am glad that the deadline has been extended till 4 pm because I got late and I am unaware about the filing and submission process,” she said.

According to professor J M Khurana, dean, Students’ Welfare, the decision to extend the deadline on the last day was taken in the wake of the bad weather condition. “In view of the prevailing weather conditions and to help the candidates applying for the FYUP, it has been decided to extend the time for receiving completed OMR forms up to 4 pm at all admission information centres. Forms sent by post will not be accepted in any office of the university,” he said. 

The news gave a relief to Varanasi based Sakshi Tiwari, who got 96.2 per cent in class 12 board exams. It was her last minute decision to apply for computer science in DU because her family wanted her to sit for engineering exams and take coaching in Lucknow this year.

“I was in a dilemma till the last moment but the moment I decided to apply for DU, I realised I don’t have much time with me. Now, when the deadline has been increased I believe I will be able to get into DU this year,” says Sakshi.  

On the other hand Preeti Singh, who has got 95 percent in boards this year, was left with no option but to fill the form on last day because of her health problem. “I have problem in my heart because of which I couldn’t the form in last three weeks. Since the time admission process started in DU, I was busy with my check-up and tests. As I desperately want to be part of DU, I asked the doctor to give a day off so that I can fill the form. Thankfully, deadline has been extended,” Preeti said.

The varsity has already received over two lakh application forms for a total of just 54,000 seats in undergraduate courses across 70 colleges. This is perhaps the highest number of centralised forms received for any session so far. Of these, nearly 1.15 lakh students submitted their forms at various colleges while the others did it online.