Before she could fill the Delhi University (DU) application form, Aradhya Sood (18), an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma-holder, had to shuttle between four offices in a day.
“I went to the office of the deputy registrar in the morning where I was told that I could not get admission this year, as my final result is not out yet. I was then sent to the office of the Association of Indian Universities at Kotla Marg, but they couldn’t help us out either,” said a worried Sood.
The IB diploma is a two-year educational programme for students aged between 16 and 19 that has been approved as being equivalent to the Class XII school-leaving certificate, by DU.
The IB students have been provided indicative grades as of now. These grades can be converted into indicative percentages with the help of a table provided in the DU prospectus.
The final results will be declared in September.
“After visiting the office of Association of Indian Universities, I was asked to go to the Foreign Students’ Registry Office at the Faculty of Management Studies, where no one could help me out either,” said Sood.
She finally went to the office of the dean, students’ welfare, where she was told that she could not apply this year as the results are not out.
Sood had to show the officials the notification on page two of the DU prospectus, which clearly mentions that IB students “may be accepted on a provisional basis for granting admission by all colleges.” But the authorities ignored this provision for a long time.
“I had to tell them time and again that it has been mentioned in the prospectus and the website that I can apply. At one point I was also told by the deputy registrar that the information was wrong,” said Sood.
She was finally told that she could apply if she wanted under the ‘result-awaited’ category.
“The student can apply, but it is very difficult as their results are not declared till September,” said SK Vij, dean, students’ welfare.
This experience has shaken Sood. “The IB diploma is internationally accepted in various universities, but it took me the whole day to convince the authorities that I am eligible to apply. I don’t know what will happen at the time of admissions,” she said.