For thousands of students applying to Delhi University under the reserved categories (SC/ST/physically disabled), the new admission process has proved to be a good experience so far.
Under the new system, students do not have to attach any certificate with the application form. All documents are needed only at the time of admission after the first cut-off list.Earlier, students from these reserved categories had to produce their caste/disability certificate and mark sheets at the time of registration itself. This used to be a struggle for many as their results were not declared at the time of admission and the struggle to get themselves registered would begin.
“The students are much happier with the application process this year. They do not have to attach any certificates at the time of admission and do not have to suffer at the hands of the state examination boards either. The applicants have the option of picking and choosing from the courses where they meet the cut-off,” said a member of Students for Social Justice, an organisation that works with students from reserved categories.
While the process has gained many fans, the strategy of making the online forms free and charging Rs 50 for the over-the-counter forms has not seemed to work out very well.
“The online form may be free but I have to go to a cyber café to fill it out. If I need any help from the owner, he charges Rs 50 per form. There is no point making the online forms free as very few people have access to them. Those who have computers at home also have the ability to pay Rs 50 for the form,” said Surinder Kumar, an aspirant.