Sale of Delhi University (DU)’s college admission forms dipped on Saturday as searing day temperatures dampened students’ appetite to fuel the admission frenzy.
Overall, 17,000 forms were sold from the 17 counters the university has set up across the city, almost half of the previous day’s figure of 32,576. The university dean's office, one of the 17 centres, emptied of students much before 1 pm, when the form counter closes.
With far less number of students turning up to buy forms, helpdesks that have sprouted all over the university’s north and south campus were not fully manned.
Kirori Mal College,where the largest number of students turned up on Friday, was not as bustling on Saturday.
In comparison, there was a lot of momentum at Gargi College, one of the centrally located form distribution centers in south campus. The main south campus also witnessed comparatively fewer footfalls as compared to the first day.
"The morning session was pretty good as there were a lot of students coming in," said Dr Jogesh Chaddha, deputy DSW, south campus.
Only 625 common admission forms were sold on Saturday in the main campus as compared to 1,680 on Friday. Similarly in Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College, only 900 forms were sold.
"We were expecting a much larger turnout today as it was a Saturday. Yesterday we sold about 2,040 forms and today the figure is less than half," said Dr Kavita Bhatia, officiating principal, ARSD. “I believe many did not know the centres would be open today as colleges and university offices remained closed,” said Radhika Sharma, who had queued up outside a counter selling forms. As on Friday, confusion over the form prevailed on Saturday too.
At the dean's office, many students were seen reaching counters to deposit forms without photocopying them,which they should, according to rules. "I had no idea the form is supposed to be photocopied, I thought they would give me a separate receipt. Now I have queued up again after photocopying it," said Sameer Das, a student.
"We have mentioned in the information bulletin that forms are to be photocopied and the media too has been writing about it," said SK Vij, dean-students welfare.
There was also confusion about how to fill the form. Students were seen filling it with pens of varieties not allowed. "We have been asking students to take their time to fill the form but they are showing unnecessary haste," a college official said.