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Provisional certificate turns out to be bone of contention

New Delhi: The second day of admissions at Delhi University saw a better turnout than the previous day. However, some documentation problems and slow server speeds bothered several applicants and their parents/guardians.

Outstation students, in particular, faced problems as they did not have the provisional certificates because their respective examination boards have not yet issued them. Till late Wednesday afternoon, a total of only 3,500 students took admission in DU.

"Despite having the original Class XII passing certificate, the college is demanding that we present the provisional certificate. My daughter has passed her intermediate from Haryana State Board and she has not received it yet," said Lalit Shokeen, who had come all the way from Bhiwani for his daughter Prachi's admission at Atma Ram Sanatan Dharam College situated near Dhaula Kuan.

"I am a lecturer and have been associated with university admissions too, and I know the in and out's of the system. But over here, the DU authorities are creating an unnecessary problem," he added.

Over 300 students from Kerala come every year to secure admission in the prestigious University and because some colleges are asking for provisional certificates this year, it is creating a lot of trouble for them as the Kerala Board does not provide Provisional certificates.

On Wednesday, 'Maitreyi', an organisation that helps Keralite students in the admission process, was seen agitating against the colleges in North Campus for demanding both original and provisional certificates.

Meanwhile, applicants from reserved categories faced a peculiar problem. "My OBC (other backward caste) certificate was issued on January 2018, but the college authorities have informed that OBC certificate issued only after March 2018 are valid,," said Rakesh Jha, a BCom (Hons) admission seeker in North Campus.

Other applicants were complaining at the Aryabhatta College in South Campus, that the administration has taken possession of their original certificates. "In case we get shortlisted in another college, it will create trouble for us," said Sachin Tiwari, another DU aspirant.

Like every year, students thronged to the grievance cell with the same problem in calculating the best four subject percentage, despite several session of open days.

"There is a lot of confusion about that, I tried contacting the admission desk, but they are too busy to pay heed to my requests and the volunteers are themselves oblivious of the format of percentage calculation." said Tanuj Murari who was not sure if adding Music as a subject would decrease his percentage or not.

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