If there is one person who hates the new admission policy of the Delhi University, it is Ram Sevak. The 29-year-old, who looks much older than his years, has been pulling a rickshaw in the North Campus for the past three years. But never has he seen such a dull admission season.
“Till last year, I used to earn anything between Rs 400 and Rs 600 in a day. This year I am not earning even Rs 200 per day,” he rued.
As per the new admission policy of the Delhi University, pre-admission forms for general and OBC category students have been done away with.
Last year, more than 1,50,000 centralised forms had been sold. In addition to this, a majority of the students also purchased individual college forms.
“Till last year, we had to refuse to take students around as we had gotten quite tired. This year, we waited for hours, but no students came,” said Vicky, who began pulling the rickshaw only last year.
In fact, there are several rickshaw-pullers who weren’t even aware of the new policy and had been waiting for the admission process to begin.
“Students of the university are still giving exams and the forms are still not out. The rush will increase,” believes Ram Prakash, 28, rickshaw-puller.
The case is similar with the numerous bantawallas and kiosk-owners. “This decision of the university has hit us very hard. Our profits have fallen by more than 60%. While we used to earn Rs 700 per day till last, we are not even earning Rs 300 this year. Usually, admission season used to be the best time of the year for us. But now, it has become one of the worst,” said Mahesh Kumar, who has been selling banta outside the Arts Faculty for the past decade.
While the Arts Faculty is the centre for registration of SC/ST candidates, those banta vallas, hawkers and kiosk-owners who sit outside colleges such as SRCC, Kirori Mal and Miranda House are the worse-off.
“I don’t know how I will be able to manage this year. This used to be a time when we would earn enough money to last us a few months. Our families expect us to send them money after the admission season, but we have nothing,” said Shambhu, who sells chips and cold drinks outside Miranda House.