With just another day to go before the application process closes, nervous and harried students were seen at most pre-admission form sales counters. Although there was a comparative lull after the first few days of intense activity, the campuses were abuzz with students on Thursday.
While there was a dip in the number of forms bought, the number of form submitted was a little below 10,000. “I have come to pick up the forms for my sister who stays in Bangalore. She called me up today morning asking me to apply for a few courses," said Meera Prabha, who works in Noida.
Similarly, another rushed parent Shekhar Sharma had come to submit the forms for his son who was in another city for admissions. "I have had to miss work to submit the form as my son was not aware of the last dates. I did not want to take chance till the D-Day so I came," he said.
<b1>Most students present at the long queues were mostly those who had come to fill forms for a second time — some had forgotten to fill in something, while some students wanted to add more courses and colleges to the existing lists. "I am a little nervous as everyone is expecting higher cut-offs this year, hence I thought of applying for philosophy and geography also," said Akanksha Dubey, aspirant.
Dean Students Welfare, S.K. Vij said, "The rush is not unusual as it is usually towards the tail end that students start pouring in for submissions." Commenting on the rising anxiety levels of students he said, "We always advice the students to fill up forms with patience so that they don't miss out on anything. Most students who are filling up forms are those who have missed out on colleges or courses or have been advised by friends to add another college to the list." The south campus pre-admission form centres too were a scene of frenetic activity as students rushed in to fill forms.
The centres were also barraged with queries by students. "There was too much rush at the centre today. In fact, the rush has been going up in the last few days," said Jogesh Chaddha, Deputy Dean, students' welfare. "We are expecting as much or even bigger rush on Friday, the last day of submitting the forms," she said.
Like all other centres, the DSW office too received more forms than it sold. "Apart from the rush of students, there are too may queries coming in too. Though the information bulletin has all the details students require to fill the form, they just do not read it,' she said. Kavita Bhatia, principal of Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College, which is another centre, too has been answering many queries. "The information bulletin has my office number as the enquiry number by mistake and I have been receiving and answering all queries regarding closing time and last day for submitting forms," she said. "I do not mind though. After all, it is about the future of students," she said.