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Students prefer to brave heat than go online

Students prefer to brave heat than go online
Despite the heat, a larger chunk of prospective students preferred to use the 22 centres across city on the second day of Delhi University’s [DU] undergraduate admission for 2012-13.  On Tuesday, DU sold 23,500 offline forms and 16,000 online applications. According to sources, about 8,500 forms were sold at post offices. And at the Arts Faculty, 4,500 forms were sold.

Long queues were seen at centres like Arts Faculty and Miranda House in north campus, ARSD, Deputy Dean’s office and students’ welfare office, in South Campus. People started queuing two hours before the counters could open, leading to long queues at the Vishwavidyalaya Metro station and a choked Chhatra Marg, the university’s lifeline.

Students who chose to queue up in the summer heat rather than opt for online registration said they were more comfortable with the OMR forms. Some students who had come from other states said since they travelled all the way to Delhi for admissions, they decided to turn up at the campus and personally fill up the form.

‘There are many things that can go wrong in the online form-filling process, which makes me apprehensive,’ said Aleem, one of the prospective students.

‘I know online forms are there, but I chose offline forms just to be on the safe side,’ said Prabjhot Singh who had come to the Art Faculty building to submit his applications for B COM [H] and BA [H]. He also added that he wanted to experience the place. ‘I also heard from my friends that there are some technical glitches in filling online forms. So, I chose to buy the form here. It went smoothly. I was able to buy the form in 10-15 minutes,’ said Singh.

But according to J M Khurana, student welfare dean, the university is happy with the response to online applications. ‘The response that we’ve received for our endeavour to provide forms online and at post offices has been heartening. The number of form submissions on the internet versus the same at the counters in campuses alone tells the tale,’ said Khurana.

He also added that once the State Bank of India [SBI] is through with the system of online payment, the process would become more convenient for Delhi University aspirants.

Meanwhile, the university has rolled back the hike in the forms’ price, from Rs 100 to Rs 20. On Monday, the forms were being sold for Rs 100, a hundred per cent hike from last year.


QUOTE HANGER


I am here to have a good time with my friends. After the Board exams, I did not meet my friends, so it’s great opportunity. I have applied for BSc (H) in various colleges.
- Abhishek Sharma


It has become a ritual to come to campus for forms, instead of applying online. Also, there are help desks to clarify things and many mistakes can be avoided if you physically go to buy the forms. I tried to register online but could not.
- Anjali Verma

My parents are not satisfied with the online admission process because the web site is confusing. The text  is overlapping, so whenever I clicked on some link, I was directed to some other page.
- Sourabh Sharma
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