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More than 54,000 seats will be up for grabs among aspirants who have just cleared their Class 12 board exams when Delhi University (DU) — the largest central university in the country — commences its admission procedure on June 4. Mallica Joshi reports.

delhi Updated: May 31, 2012 02:29 IST
Mallica Joshi

More than 54,000 seats will be up for grabs among aspirants who have just cleared their Class 12 board exams when Delhi University (DU) — the largest central university in the country — commences its admission procedure on June 4.

DU’s forms will go on sale from Monday. This is for the first time that DU will accept, in addition to over-the-counter forms, online applications.

Most aspirants, though, seemed unaware of the online process.

“Since this is the first time that the new system has been put in place, students are still unaware of the procedure. Any new process takes time to come into the spotlight and the same is happening here. A lot of students who come to us do not know anything about online registrations,” JM Khurana, DU’s dean of student welfare, said.

Even during the Open Days that are being organised by DU, aspirants and parents are not asking many questions about the online applications, much to the surprise of varsity officials.

In the two sessions held in DU’s North Campus so far, not a single question about the new process was asked. Only a handful of students put queries on online applications at the session in the South Campus.

“We have got around 10 queries about applying online. Most students want to know about the mode of payment when you are registering on the DU website,” Dinesh Varshney, deputy dean of student welfare, said.

According to DU officials, the online registration process will be thrown open on the same day as the sale of over-the-counter forms.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/5/31_05_pg4b.jpg

Those applying online must make a payment of R100 using credit or debit cards.

Students desiring to apply online will have to log into the DU website — www.du.ac.in — after which they will be given a unique password. Using this, the online form can be accessed. The online form will be a copy of the over-the-counter OMR form.

Despite the online process, the university is getting a large number of forms printed to avoid a shortfall.

“While I think that it is a good idea to start online applications, I will still fill up the printed form as I don’t want to take a chance. This way, I and my parents will be more assured,” said Kartika Banga, a resident of Pitampura, who wants to study BCom (Hons) at DU.

The over-the-counter printed forms will be available in 10 locations in DU and 12 head post-offices in the Capital.

DU is also discussing a plan to make the forms available at some Metro stations.



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