Kritika Agarwal, a Delhi University aspirant, travelled about 38 km from Najafgarh to Delhi University’s North Campus, all for a college form. She took the bus to Dwarka, then the Metro to Rajiv Chowk, and then changed to another train to reach the Vishwavidyalaya station.
Though she had the option to go to the South Campus centre, which would have been nearer, she chose to collect the individual college forms instead. She went to Kirorimal College, Miranda House and Ramjas College to collect their individual forms.
In spite of the common admission form, which was introduced in 2006 to make the admission process less hectic for students, the individual college forms continue to be equally popular.
“Apart from collecting the form, I also wanted to check out the colleges. I keep reading so much about them and this was a nice opportunity see how they are,” said Agarwal, who was in Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) to collect the college’s form and prospectus.
Kanika Khandelwal, media coordinator for Lady Shri Ram College, said, “The students are going to spend three years of their lives here. And a trip to the college gives them a glimpse of the various facilities they provide, and helps them decide accordingly.”
Some, like Aditi Goyal, another applicant, feel that individual college forms might be given preference over the common admission forms. But PC Jain, principal, SRCC, disagrees. “I don’t think it’s true. The individual college form and the common admission form are equally preferred,” he said.
But others teachers think that filling individual forms may help the applicant. “Filling the common admission form can be confusing. Besides, it does not provide details of colleges and the courses on offer in a particular college. The individual college form gives them a better idea about what courses to choose,” said VK Kawatra, principal, Hansraj College.