Delhi University sold 1,04,891 forms by the end of Day 4 of admissions on Tuesday, as compared to 81,752 last year. On Day 1, the 17 centres across the city had sold a record number of 40,559 forms this year as compared to 27,610 forms last year.
Varsity authorities are saying such huge numbers could be due to black marketers who have supposedly been hoarding the forms and selling it to candidates at higher prices. “Though we do not have any proof as of now, there is a strong possibility that the forms are being sold in black,” said SK Vij, dean of students’ welfare, DU. The figures for forms received also indicates such a possibility. At the end of Day 4, the university has received 20,082 filled-up forms, while last year it was 13,375 at the end of Day 4.
A university official said that some “so-called agencies” buy the application forms in bulk and then sell them not only within Delhi but also in the neighbouring states. “They go to cities like Agra and Jaipur to sell forms at higher prices. Their ‘services’ also include submission of the filled-up forms so that the candidate does not have to travel to Delhi or stand in the queue.”
The official said that there was ample time for students to fill up the forms, so they should collect and submit their forms in person. They may risk their candidature by trusting these agencies, he added.
The varsity officials have warned the students who are buying forms from sources other than the 17 designated centres. “The university will not be responsible for the authenticity of the forms. The students should beware of touts selling forms,” said Vij.
On Tuesday, the sale of forms in the physically-handicapped category also picked up. “We got an overwhelming response. We sold over 60 forms today, which is the highest so far in a single day. A total of 123 candidates have already registered and we are expecting over 400 candidates this year,” said Seema M Parihar, deputy dean, Delhi DU.