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48,000 forms sold in one day

48,000 forms sold in one day
As the sale of application forms of Delhi University [DU] started on Monday, the prospective students thronged at the counters in the north campus since morning. Despite DU’s arrangements for online submission of forms, long queues of aspirants were seen at the university counters, post offices and select metro stations. By evening, the university had sold 30,000 forms and 18,000 aspirants registered themselves through internet.

‘We have made proper arrangements for the aspirants to get the forms. Aspirants can also register themselves at the university web site to avoid rush and long queues,’ said Manoj Arora, Deputy Proctor of Delhi University to Millennium Post. A total of 15,500 application forms were sold from college counters and 14,500 were purchased from select post offices and metro stations in the city. For the first time, DU has made the forms available at post offices and Metro stations in the city. The university has a total of 22 centres in the city of which two, Miranda House and Art Faculty, are situated in the north campus.

‘General and OBC students can fill up online forms also. We are also posting regular updates and information bulletins on our Facebook page,’ added Manoj Arora. The university’s Facebook page has over one million followers.

Around 1,000 students have already submitted the completed forms and another 7,500 completed the process online. ‘The common pre-admission forms can also be availed online until 18 June for General and Other Backward Classes [ OBC] candidates,’ said a university official.

‘The forms would be available at head post offices and 10 colleges of the university, and can also be submitted there,’ added Arora. Nearly 54,000 seats would be up for grabs in around 70 colleges affiliated to Delhi University. An estimated 125,000 students had applied for various courses in the university last year.

During the university counselling sessions for students, many prospective students expressed their concern over the soaring minimum levels of marks for admissions - called ‘cut-offs’ in campus parlance. A DU aspirant, 17-year-old Aakansha Mishra said she hoped to get admission in a top brass college.

‘Although SRCC’s 100 per cent cut-off marks last year still scares me, I have decided to apply only to the top brass colleges,’ said Mishra, who has secured 94 per cent in commerce. Sri Ram College of Commerce’s [SRCC] 100 per cent cut-off for the first B Com [Honours] list for those from the non-commerce stream had evoked strong reactions; Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal called it ‘irrational’. The first cut-off list specifying the minimum percentage of marks required for admission to a particular course and a college would be made available from 26 June.

For the Scheduled Castes [SC] and Scheduled Tribes [ST] candidates, four centres have been allocated to accept their registrations. The candidates in the reserved category need to register at the Arts Faculty in the north or south campus, or Rajdhani College or Shyam Lal College between 9.30 am and 2 pm. Physically handicapped candidates have been given 15 days, from 4 to 18 June, to register at the offices of the dean and students welfare in the north campus.


THE DAY IN NUMBERS

  • Total application forms sold: 30,000
  • Online registrations: 18,000
  • Application forms sold from post offices: 14,500
  • Application forms sold from college counter: 15,500
  • 1,000 aspirants submitted completed application forms on the very first day itself
  • 7,500 aspirants completed online registration process
  • Several aspirants complained that proper arrangements haven’t been made for drinking water
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