Delhi University’s plan to start the admission process earlier this year doesn’t seem to be working out as the university is yet to declare the dates for start of undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate courses (PG) admissions.
Officials said they are still sorting out “technical issues” and “finer policies” and dates for both UG and PG admissions will be announced soon.
The UG admissions usually start between May-end and June first week, while the PG admissions start by April end.
“We are still working on the finer details. There are some issues we need to sort out as we don’t want to leave any last-minute glitch. Admissions will start soon,” said a member of the admission committee.
Officials were earlier planning to start the UG admissions earlier than usual. They were planning to start it in March-end but later said they will start the process in the third week of April, a month sooner than it is usually held, to stop last-minute rush at top colleges.
The idea behind starting the UG admissions earlier was to help applicants get a relief from last-minute rush as it would have allowed them to start filling their forms even before their Class 12 results were announced.
“But we are still working out the policy changes and then these decisions have to be approved in academic council,” officials said.
The PG admissions are already delayed as they usually start by April-end and entrance tests are held in first and second week of June. This year, the university is planning to conduct online entrance test. But the plan has not gone down well with students with the Delhi University Students’ Union opposing the move.
Sources said one reason for the delay in announcement of admission dates for PG admission is because the university is trying to find a solution.
“Students are opposing as they say applicants from rural area will find it difficult. We are working on a plan to allow applicants to practice sample online tests at their nearby center. But a concrete plan is yet to be made,” sources said.
Sources said there are technical issues as well because this will be the first time for the university to conduct online tests for PG courses. “We want it to be glitch-free so some technical issues are being sorted,” sources said.