Delhi University aspirants are banking on the 7,000 extra undergraduate seats this year to see them through.
Most aspirants queuing up for forms on day one were wary of a rise in cutoff. But a also hopeful, because of Supreme Court directive asking all empty OBC seats to be given to open category.
“I am putting my hopes on the extra 7,000 seats that DU is offering this year. Although the cutoff might increase, the extra seats means more students will be accommodated,” said Ishu Panjwani, who is applying for BSc (H) Chemistry.
“Last year a lot of OBC seats remained vacant. But this year these vacant seats will go to the general category. So if I am unable to make it by a few marks this will give me a second chance,” said Sahiba Ghan, an alumnus of Mahavir Senior Model School.
Delhi University is yet to work out the admission formalities for transfer of OBC seats to general category.
“Colleges have the right to admit students till August 16. They can only transfer the seats once admission is closed in both the categories. We will work out the dates and students will be informed through a notice about the seats available,” said S.K. Vij, Dean (Students Welfare).
Less first day rush
27,610 common pre-admission forms were sold across 16 admission information centers, down from 30,000 in 2008. Just 800 forms were submitted, most of them from outstation candidates.
“I have picked up the forms and will sit and fill it at leisure,” said Vidushi Gupta, a student of Welham Girls’ School, Dehradun. “It doesn’t take much time but I want to ponder over which courses and colleges to fill.”
But a handful of outstation candidates wanted to get over with the task.
“We have come straight from the station and want to finish the application process today,” said Shyam Gunja, who passed out of No 1 Airforce School, Gwalior.
“I know I will not get through the first and second cutoff list. But I am hoping to make it in the third,” said Gunjan, who is applying for Bcom (H).
Sri Ram College of Commerce sold 1,380 college forms today. Of the 100 odd forms submitted at the office of Dean (Students Welfare), a majority was for B.Com (H) and B.Com (Programme).
“Students are very focused these days, said Suman Verma, Deputy Dean (Students Welfare).
“While they may not have the percentage, they want to study B.Com Programme or Honours course. They should widen their choices to include courses and colleges where they stand a chance of getting through.”