On the first day of the admission process, 32,576 common pre-admission forms were sold from 17 information centres set up across the city. By 1 p.m., over 1000 studdents had also submitted their forms. Delhi University says it provides up to 35,000 seats at the undergraduate for non professional courses.
"The form is very simple and I had no problem filling it up. From tomorrow, I will start my rounds of colleges I want to apply to," said Ravish Chabra, an applicant. The maximum number of forms were sold at Kirorimal College. Over 4,500 forms were sold here. Last year, the university sold close to 1.50 lakh admission forms, but about 1.30 lakh were finally submitted.
"This is mainly because students tend to buy at least two-three admission forms, but they can submit only one," said S.K. Vij, DU dean students' welfare.
From this year, DU has started a single-sheet form that students are supposed to get photocopied after filling it up and get stamped at university counters they submit their forms in. A number of students faced some confusion on this count.
Other DU colleges also reported a brisk sale of forms. At SRCC, 550 prospectuses and 650 forms were sold, while at Hindu 1,400 prospectuses and 1,600 forms were bought.
At colleges like Indraprastha and Miranda, the figure hovered around 1,000 forms. The popular courses across the board are BCom, BA (H) Economics, English and Journalism. Students hoping to apply for the English entrance test were in for a surprise at Miranda House as forms ran out before the counters could close. Students were asked to return on Saturday for the forms.
South campus colleges also witnessed a rush of students and parents on Friday as the DU's admission process begun. On the first day, however, most preferred to just buy the forms and go back to fil1them in the comfort of their homes. Unlike last yeal: there seemed to be less confusion regarding OMR sheets this time but some problems still remained. The barrage of enquiries was endless. Finding a photocopy machine was also a big hurdle.
At Gargi, for instance, there were not enough signage to guide students towards the place.
(With inputs from Jaya Shroff)