There is a race between the city’s temperature and the campus cut-offs. There is no relenting, as both scale new records. While the entire city has to bear the brunt of only the former, students (and parents alike) are tackling both.
The campus is like a frying pan. The flame is set at 44 degree Celsius and the students are being cooked till red-hot. But spare a thought for the parents. They are the unrecognised ingredients who are tagging along just to make the final dish, delicious. “I have taken a week off from work to be with my son during his admission process.” says AM Bhatnagar. His son Atul has scored 88 per cent and he has applied for another week’s leave, seeing the cut off's. Not far from him stands Chandan Ojha whose son Mohit is busy searching for the ECA quota. “Even with a score of 93, my son is pessimistic of making it to the top colleges in DU for B.Com Hons.. I know he can manage to travel on his own but because of the heat, I plan to drive him around,” he says.
Chandan is not alone. Scores of parents are lining up in front of college gates, notice boards, photocopy shops and bantawalas. It won’ t be impractical to say that perhaps the parents are working the hardest in the campus. “I am carrying glucose water for my daughter. It would be very unfortunate for any student to fall ill because of the heat in such a crucial time,” says a concerned Anuja Verma.
Some are not minding the heat much because they have made it through the first cut-off. But for many others it will take some time before their ward settles into a college.