Delhi University (DU) hopefuls appearing for the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) entrance exam scheduled for Sunday thronged the Department of Education on Saturday complaining that they had not received their admit cards. Some of the students also alleged that their admit cards had discrepancies in them.
B.Ed being one of the most sought-after courses offered by the university sees a large number of students applying for it each year. Hence, it was no wonder that the auditorium of the Central Institute of Education was teeming with students, many of who had apparently waited from around 10am to 5pm to get the authorities to lend an ear to their grievances.
Mansi Khatri, one of the many students who applied for the exam, said, “I submitted my demand draft along with my sister’s. She got her admit card but I did not. The authorities said this was because they did not receive my demand draft but I have proof of payment.”
Another student, Anu Rai, said, “The shortlist does not have the signatures and photographs of a few students against their names but they have still received their admit cards. However, my friend, who filled her form correctly, had to wait for hours to get hers.”
Students also blamed the online application system, being used for the first time this year for B.Ed., for the gaffe. Even the students who did manage to receive their admit cards found discrepancies in them. One of the students said her name was misspelled while many students had Part I exam (for Sanskrit, English and Hindi honours probables) mentioned on their admit cards though they were appearing for the Part II paper (for students from all other courses).
According to officials, the problems were sorted out at the end of the day. Rama Mathew, head of the department of education said, “Approximately 14,500 students are appearing for the B. Ed entrance this year which is the highest number till date. Out of these, only about 200 students came up with queries among which half were not genuine. This being the first year of the online application system, I think it has been quite a success.”