'Open day' sees footfall of over 700

'Open day' sees footfall of over 700

DU may record sessions, upload clips for hopefuls

Delhi University handled queries from admission seekers at its first ‘open days’ counselling session on Thursday, as the countdown for admission for 54,000 seats in DU’s undergraduate courses began.

The session was attended by over 700 students and parents, Dr Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, deputy dean, students’ welfare, said. The sessions will be held till May 30 from 10 am to 1 pm, except on Sundays, at the varsity’s Conference Centre.

Tuteja said the university is also considering a proposal to make the recordings of these sessions available online so that aspirants who are unable to attend may turn to its website for clearing any doubts.

DU has prepared a set of ‘frequently asked questions’ (FAQs) based on queries from students in previous years. The FAQs will be available on the varsity’s website soon and students visiting the campus will get the same in the form of hand-outs.

“If you are in Delhi, it is always better to come down and attend the sessions, and clarify doubts in person. Else, students can also access information through the university’s website and app,” Tuteja said.

While the counselling sessions on Thursday saw little mention of the Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS), students from All India Student Association (AISA) were seen protesting against implementation of the scheme. Outside the ‘open days’ venue, student activists from AISA were seen distributing leaflets on “the reality of CBCS”.

“Interestingly, DU has announced open sessions to tell students about the admission process and course structure, but, where, at one hand, cryptically, it is busy in pushing the CBCS in Delhi University from this academic year, students and parents who went for open session today were not being told a single point on CBCS,” a statement issued by AISA’s Sucheta De said.

“Our campaign outside the open session was for providing the momentum to movement against CBCS by campaigning on specific points that are directly affecting student community and destroying their future,” the statement added.  

As per the University Grants Commission, the new system proposes a common syllabus for all central universities, a common entrance test, faculty and student mobility, and credit transfers. 

Information centre

DU officials informed admission seekers at the session that SGTB Khalsa College will be the only North Campus college to serve as the admission information centre. Earlier the university had decided not to have any North Campus college as its centre. 

The decision comes after student groups alleged that it was a strategy to keep prospective students away from the “heart of the university”. The university has uploaded the finalised admission guidelines on its website. Admissions to over 54,000 seats in DU’s 52 undergraduate courses will begin on May 28. 

Online registration will start on May 28, while offline registration will begin on June 5.

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