Undergraduate admissions moved a step further on Thursday with Delhi University forwarding collated student applications data to various college principals.
In a meeting of principals on Thursday, DU vice-chancellor Deepak Pental underscored the importance of the move, saying it will make the admission process uniform, a process set rolling four years ago with the introduction of the common pre-admission form.
The data CD was handed to various college heads and contains both individual college application data and the combined data for all colleges. “This was not just an innovative decision but a much deliberated one,” said S.K. Vij, dean, student welfare.
“This process will enable colleges to review each applicant’s details, including college preferences. This would help the college decide the number of candidates they can accommodate and if they wish to take in a few extra as there as usually a few students who decide to drop out,” he added. The university has also introduced an ‘admission query system’.
“This would enable colleges to review any individual’s data by name or application number. Similarly, in case a student misplaces his receipt or has confusions regarding the colleges he has applied to, he could access his application information by feeding in his number or name,” said Vij.
According to the dean, students welfare, a trend witnessed since the introduction of common pre-admission forms is that the cut-offs for the so-called ‘elite’ colleges have been restrained and the cut-offs for the lesser-known colleges have gone up.
“Owing to a common admission form, most students apply to a variety of colleges thereby raising the bar for all colleges across the board,” said Vij. This year, in all there were 91,927 applications through the common pre-admission forms, although the total number of actual candidates could be lower owing to multiple applications by an applicant.
A total of 7,209 multiple applications were received. There were 48, 592 male applicants and 43,335 female applicants. “This difference of about 5,000 students between male and female applicants is not so surprising. This has usually been the trend over the last several years,” said a DU admission official. The most sought after courses are B.Com, Economics, English, Political Science and History.