Up to 30,000 common pre-admission forms were sold across the 15 admission information centres in the Capital on Monday, the first day of the admission process at Delhi University. More than 1,000 applicants also managed to submit their forms by 1 pm the same day.
Arts Faculty in North Campus saw the largest crowd, with parents and students queuing up at the various counters, even as applicants sprawled on the lawn filling up the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) form. "It’s a simple form and we want to deposit it today itself. I will make the round of colleges after this," said Gurpreet, who was applying for political science (H).
The maximum number of forms — 3,500 — was also sold at the Arts Faculty. Last year, the university sold 1.32 lakh forms last year but only 93,000 were deposited. "Students buy two to three forms but can submit only one," said SK Vij, Dean Students Welfare (DSW). In fact, applicants were found buying forms in bulk at Kirori Mall College (KMC) and Arts Faculty in North Campus.
According to university rules — meant to prevent touts from laying hand on forms — no person is allowed to buy more than two forms. "Candidates sometimes buy for their friends also. But this should not be allowed and we will be writing to officials to stop this practice," said Vij.
Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) — in their quest to help students — got into trouble with the university authorities. While a few DUSU hoardings set up near KMC gates were confiscated by MCD officials, KMC vice-principal Virendra Kumar voiced his concern over the presence of private company logos and advertisement within the campus.
Most colleges in the North Campus started selling forms quite early today. While the timings are 10 am to 1 pm, Shri Ram College of Commerce started selling its forms around 8.30 am. "A big crowd of parents and children gathered around the college early in the morning. So we opened the counters around 8.30 am," said principal PC Jain.
Hansraj College too was in a similar situation and so college authorities decided to end the applicants’ wait around 9.15 am and forms were sold till 4 pm. Hindu college sold 950 prospectus, 125 ECA forms and 176 sports forms. The popular courses across the board are BCom, BA (H) Economics, English and Journalism.
South Campus colleges also witnessed a rush of students and parents on Monday. While Sri Venkateswara College sold a whopping 2,500 forms, at Lady Sri Ram College, where students can apply for three subjects in one form, 1,021 forms were sold.
However, on the first day most preferred to fill the forms in the comfort of their homes. At Gargi College, one of the DU centres for sale and submission of the common forms — out of the 2,200 forms sold, only 85 were submitted. Outstation candidates though wanted to deposit forms as soon as possible.
(With inputs from Ritika Chopra and Joyeeta Ghosh)