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DU panel mulls shortening duration of admission process

New Delhi: The Delhi University administration is considering reducing the duration of registration for admission to its 2018-19 academic session, which is expected to begin in April.
Maharaj K Pandit, who heads a 47-member DU admissions committee, on Monday said the panel was planning to take a slew of measures to curtail the time taken during the admission process.
The DU admission process traditionally extends from four to five months.
At the end of the panel's first meeting for 2018-19 the academic year, Pandit told reporters that the registrations would begin from first week of April and that "unrealistic cut-offs" consumed time.
"It has been observed that till three or four cut-off lists are out, seats are not filled in some colleges mainly due to unrealistic cut-offs. We are thinking to hold orientation programmes to help principals understand this," he said.
The panel has also decided to set up a committee to look into the viability of conducting online counselling so that the seats are automatically allocated online without any dependence on the principals of around 63 DU colleges.
"The committee will suggest ways to allocate seats to students through a centralised system without the dependence of principals in order to save time," Pandit said.
The panel also set up two more committees to explore the possibility of holding online admission tests for undergraduate courses and to decide merit-based admissions in postgraduate courses.
Pandit also stated that observers will be sent to different colleges to ensure follow-up of the admission guidelines, as well as the guidelines issued by constitutional bodies, including facilities for PwD applicants.
"Forensic experts will be appointed to check the authenticity of the reservation certificates or to verify," Pandit added.
Keeping in view the low number of applications received under Scheduled Tribes category, the varsity will make special efforts to reach out to ST communities across the country.
"A special drive will also be launched to cater to applicants from North Eastern states," Pandit added.
The committee will also recommend colleges to give two per cent benefit on cut-off to women OBC applicants.
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