The madness at Delhi University’s information centres that sell and receive common pre-admission forms is missing this year after the initial run on the first day when 32,576 forms were sold. The sale of forms has been erratic, although the figure for the first seven days is almost comparable with last year.
On Thursday, 7,036 forms were sold. DU officials say the comparative slack in the sale of forms could be because a lot of state education boards were yet to declare results. DU officials say the process has been much smoother this year because of the easier OMR forms.
“I am not alarmed if less forms are sold this year. It will show that the forms are simpler and students are under less stress. The School of Open Learning admissions starting simultaneously along with the college admission is a major factor. A lot of students are directly applying to SOL. That has taken off a lot of pressure from us,” said S.K.
Vij, DU dean, students’ welfare. Vij said earlier SOL admissions started after college admissions got over. He said till last year a lot of students would apply in DU first and try in SOL after they failed to get into a college.
“Sale of forms especially took a hit on Saturday and Tuesday because of the heat and Delhi bandh,” added Vij. The situation is not much different in south campus centres. All the admission centres in south campus, including the Joint Dean students’ welfare’s office, sport a desolate look. The number of common pre-admission forms sold at the dean students’ welfare of south campus on Thursday was only 276, while it received 300 forms.
“Usually the number of forms sold at the end of the first week goes down while the number of forms submitted increases,” said Jogesh Chaddha, Deputy Dean, students’ welfare. Chaddha said that the forms this year are much simpler and students were making fewer mistakes.
“Last year the impressions on the carbon less copies of the forms were not good and many students bought more than one form,” she said. Meera Ramchandran, principal of Gargi College, one of the six centres in south campus, said that primarily it is the torturous heat that is keeping the students indoor.
“The weather is so bad because of the scorching heat. I believe most students are waiting for the weather to get cooler and comfortable to venture out,” she said. Kavita Bhatia, principal of Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College, another centre, said because of the large number of centres where forms can be bought and submitted, students are not crowding any one college. The college sold 400 common pre-admission forms and received 500 on Thursday.