Delhi University (DU) is yet to release it forms, though a walk through any of its colleges reveals clusters of students. They are here to meet the college authorities.
This — the students say — is their first attempt at gauging their chances at making it to courses of their choice.
Many who flock to these colleges have scored in the 90s, but they insist that for them it is a matter of picking the right college. “I don’t want to take any chances, so I have been visiting colleges every day to see whether the authorities can offer any information on any of the courses and their cut-offs. Since I would rather choose the college over the course, I am also trying to speak to a few senior students from these colleges to get an idea of what I am in store for,” said Meher Grover, who scored 94% in her board exams.
DU officials, however, say that this urgency stems from parental pressure that children are under. “We usually find that parents try and pass on their aspirations to the children, because of which the kids are pressured. They are confused on what they should pursue, which leaves both parents and students tense,” said Gulshan Sawhney, DU’s deputy dean of student welfare. Some of the students come to the colleges with their parents.
Yet, others who have not scored in the 90s, say that passing on a chance to study at DU for colleges or universities elsewhere is not an option. For them, the visits to the colleges translate into attempts to find out their chances of making it to courses in DU.
“I scored 82% but I am trying to visit colleges and speak to professors or the principals to see if I stand a chance at making it through to any of the honours courses, as I don’t want to opt out of DU,” said Roshan Kumar, an aspirant.