Vishal Jha (17), a Delhi University (DU) aspirant from Lucknow, reached the Capital on Friday evening so that he could buy the centralised admission form on Saturday, complete all formalities and return to his hometown the same day. But he couldn’t, as things didn’t go as per his plans.
“It was difficult for me to find my way around the South Campus and I couldn’t reach the form-selling counter on time. I will have to wait till Monday to get the form. It would have been much easier if the option to apply online was also available,” he said.
The DU aspirants are not ruing only the time they spend. It’s also about the money. “I have come from Kolkata and had to spend a lot of money to take a flight for Delhi. The information about the application procedure is easily available but I wish the admission procedure goes online,” said Mayurakshi Dev, who is applying for BA (H) English and Political Science (Hons) courses.
This, in fact, is turning out to be the biggest grouse among the outstation applicants. “The application procedure is very easy but I wish that I didn’t have to come to Delhi in this heat. Why can’t DU have on online application procedure?” complained Preeti Chauhan, a resident of Shimla who submitted her application form on Friday. Campus Calling Bags and Guides
Various universities and colleges such as Mumbai University, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani have complete or partial online application procedures.
Closer home, St Stephen’s College, which has an independent admission process, has an online application procedure too. “The online application procedure is proving to be a successful attempt for the college. It is very useful for students living outside Delhi as they don’t have to waste either time or money to fill a form,” said Nandita Narain, admission in-charge, St Stephen’s College.
The college received around 30 online applications on day one. Campus Calling Cars
So why doesn’t DU go online with its application procedure? “We have tried to build prototypes for the process in the past but nothing has worked out so far. The Delhi University is one of the biggest in the country and the data is huge,” said Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, deputy dean, Students’ Welfare, DU.
There are more than 70 colleges under DU’s umbrella currently. Each year, more than one lakh students apply for admission. “Once we multiply this one lakh students with the number of choices each student fills, the entries go up to 60 lakh. That is a huge database to maintain. Besides, going online will also increase the cost of application,” said Tuteja.
Currently, one DU centralised form costs Rs 50 and gives the student an option to fill more than 600 choices of courses and colleges.