For students aspiring to get into Delhi University, June 15 is the date to watch out for. All colleges of the university will announce their first cut-off lists on this date.
On Thursday, the admission advisory committee of the university approved the schedule in a meeting. In a departure from the previous years' schedule, students will now get four days to take admission after a cut off list. It used to be three days earlier.
"Students will now get ample time to decide what college to pick. We have put aside more days so that no deserving candidate misses out," said a senior university official.
Last year, the first cut-off list was released on June 22. Since colleges now have an extra week, they will get more time to declare subsequent cut-offs. Moreover, they have 15 days more, from June 1 to June 15 to declare well thought-out cut-offs.
On April 12, the university had declared a drastically new admission policy under which, pre-admission forms were dispensed with. The students can now go and take admission in a college where they meet the cut-off. Earlier, the university would begin the sale of forms on June 1.
"June 15 seems like a good time to declare the first cut-off. Students and colleges will get ample time to deal with teething troubles," said Bhim Sen Singh, principal, Kirori Mal College. The last cut-off list will be declared on July 8.
Despite the extra time, college principals continue to be apprehensive over admissions under the new system. "We are all going to play safe this year. We have no idea how many students will come for admissions. The first cut-offs will certainly touch the roof. There will be little admissions during the first and the second cut-off lists due to inflated cut offs," said a principal of a reputed north campus college.
All colleges, other than St. Stephen's College, will follow the new admission guidelines and schedule.
St. Stephen's, on the other hand, will sell pre-admission forms like always.
"The forms go on sale on May 25. The last date for form submission is June 13. The interview list will come out on June 16 and interviews will start on June 20," said Valson Thampu, principal, St Stephen's College.