The first day of the Delhi University admission process began with a bang with thousands of students making a beeline for OMR forms.
The forms, available at various centres in North and South Campus drew anxious students gearing up for their primary mission this summer: admission in the college or course of their choice.
For students living in south Delhi, Gargi College was the nearest centre. Students thronged there in large numbers and stood in long queues waiting for their turn to buy the form.
<b1>While the early birds seemed joyous, students who walked in a bit late regretted it on seeing the sight of the long queqes.
"Its been a long time since I've been standing in the queue. Lets see how much more time its going to take here because after picking up these forms, I've to pick up forms from other colleges too", lamented Pankaj Sinha.
Most students seemed doubtful and confused about the manner to fill up these centralised forms which allow a student to apply to different courses in various colleges through a common medium.
But there are colleges like St.Stephen's and Jesus and Mary College which do not accept these OMR forms and require students to fill in their separate admission forms.
Also, application for courses that have entrance tests has to be done through separate admission forms of the respective college. This, many students feel, gets very inconvenient for them.
"I want to apply for BA English (Hons). But since most good colleges have entrance tests for it, I have to fill in separate college forms also. So I have to run around different colleges", says Tanya.
For students who turned up at the prestigious Lady Shri Ram College, a cause of concern was the high price of its prospectus as compared to other colleges
"LSR is looting people. While other colleges are selling their prospectus at 50-60 rupees, LSR is charging Rs 200. Also its registration fees for sitting for the English and Journalism courses is Rs 500 each. This is totally ridiculous!", remarked a student.
But as far as the help offered by student volunteers was concerned, there seemed to be no complaints. " LSR was very organized and the volunteers were helpful too", said she.
So while colleges are trying hard to provide every possible help to harried students, areas such as the price of the prospectus and forms also need to be carefully looked at.
Forms ranging from Rs 200 to Rs 500 might not pinch the middle-class student but what about the students who come from economically weaker sections? Hope DU lends an ear to them, too.