For the first time, the number of applications to Delhi University undergraduate courses has seen a dip. This year, a total of 2,50,914 applications were received by the university for the 54,000 seats in 63 colleges, as compared to last year’s 2,91,819 applications.
Even though 3,60,460 applicants had registered at the DU admission portal, only 2,50,914 applicants paid the fees. Only those who pay the fees are considered as applicant by the university. In 2014, the university had received 2.75 lakh applications.
This dip in applications is being attributed by students and teachers to the process going completely online. Till last year, even along with the online application there used to be a centre where the students could fill offline forms.
“It could have been that students in remote areas could not fill the form or even if they had filled they couldn’t make the online payment. University should have opened at least few offline centres,” said a teacher of Rajdhani College.
From this year, the undergraduate admission registration was made completely online. This dip in applications is also even after the university extended the last day of application.
Out of total applications, 1,30,354 applicants are male and 1,20,545 are female applicants. The university has received 15 applications in the others category.
However, the number of applicants under the disabled category has increased. This year, 1,187 applicants under the disabled category have applied.
For the first time, the university had also made sports and ECA category application centralised and online. Under the sports quota, there are 10,382 applicants, and 8,273 under the ECA quota. Each college reserves not more than 5% quota in the category.
Also, this year, the applicants under the Children of War Widows and Kashmiri migrant quota also filled the centralised form. There were just 430 applicants under Kashmiri quota. Under the Defence Category (CW) there are 318 applications. The university reserves 5% each under the category.