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CATE belled by complaints, confusion

The helplines in colleges that are part of Combined Aptitude Test for English (CATE) have been ringing non-stop. And it's mostly complaints about the lack of information about the application process that those answering the lines get to hear.

delhi Updated: May 25, 2011 00:31 IST
Mallica Joshi

The helplines in colleges that are part of Combined Aptitude Test for English (CATE) have been ringing non-stop. And it's mostly complaints about the lack of information about the application process that those answering the lines get to hear.

"Many students and parents who call us don't know that the admission process for CATE is on. Some think the admission process begins on June 15," said Sanam Khanna, who teaches English at Kamla Nehru College.

Till Monday, only 2,500 students had applied for the joint entrance test.

This number rose significantly after the results were declared on Monday and Tuesday saw more than 1500 applications. The English Department has now decided to extend the date of submission from May 26 to May 28.

"In many centres the rush was very difficult to handle. That is why we have extended the last date," said Sumanyu Satpathy, head of the English department.

The department is expecting around 12,000 applications but this number may reduce.

Many attribute this to the lack of information about the process. "The DU website has information hidden in a corner. This is detrimental to students," said a teacher.

Students too are angry.

"I had no idea that the admission process was on. There isn't enough information," said Kanika Mehta, who just passé out from class 12.

The revised last date for application is May 28 and the test will be conducted on June 5. Students can get an application form from all CATE colleges against a demand draft of Rs 300.