The wait for the declaration of Delhi University's first merit list was long and nerve-racking but the frenzy surrounding admissions was surprisingly missing from most colleges on Thursday - the first day of admission.
While some colleges did see a sizeable number of students queuing up for admissions, most others were expecting students to file in by Friday and Saturday.
"It is just the
first day of admission and students still try and get a sense of what the cut-offs are and what colleges they want to go and apply to. The first day is usually spent doing recce by both parents and students. As per trend, more students come in for admissions on the second and third days," said a senior DU official.
While Commerce (formerly B.Com Hons) saw a substantial number of admissions with colleges such as Kamala Nehru admitting 50 students on Thursday, other courses such as economics, English and journalism witnessed a lukewarm response with just five to eight admissions in the courses.
At Hindu College, at total of 147 admissions were done on Thursday. Commerce saw 14 admissions while the number for economics stood at 11. English, with a high cut-off of 98.5%, saw only three admissions.
At Hansraj College, no student took admission in the much sought-after computer science course on Day One.
"The overall figures are a little less than what we would have expected. Though courses such as political science and philosophy have seen a good response," said PK Vijayan, coordinator of the admission committee at Hindu College.
Even as colleges such Lady Shri Ram and Shaheed Bhagat Singh got a total of 120 and 109 admissions, respectively, some others such as Kamala Nehru got a total of 244 admissions - as opposed to 100 admissions on the first day last year.
Ramjas College, too, saw a response that was cold as compared to last year.
"If we keep in mind the high cut-offs that we declared this year, the response was satisfactory. But it was certainly not as good as last year," said Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College.
One exception to this trend was Shri Ram College for Commerce, where 237 out of 501 commerce seats and 59 out of 123 seats were filled on Day One itself.