The admission registration process has begun and to keep the Delhi University (DU) admission portal, running without glitches, a team of youngsters have been working 24X7 for the past few weeks. Yep, you got that right, after countless sleepless nights and days spent in a computer laboratory in South Campus, the team of five developed the portal over a period of four years.
With the members having a degree in Masters in Informatics, the team and has been working on the project since 2014, after their graduation. “We even rejected several job offers to complete this project. The lab has become our second home. When the work gets too much to handle, we play guitars and piano here to de-stress,” says Sharad Mishra, one of the developers of the portal.
The team includes Sharad Mishra, Anil Singh Bafila, Divya Karwal, Mukesh Rawat and Nitish Mallick, all belonging to the age group of 24-25 years. The team has not slept from last week but is still excited to work to make this project a huge success. “It was a big responsibility as University chose us over professionals. We don’t want anything to go wrong as lakhs of applications are submitted every year and one mistake could lead to a big trouble. The portal will make education easily accessible for all,” adds Mishra.
The team has made the portal in such a manner that the process becomes very transparent this year, so much so that the staff can keep a track of all applications and verify the uploaded documents. It also tried to make the portal as student friendly as it can.
“Although the graph was laid down four years back when we were pursuing our masters but we recreated it several times to reduce the errors. The biggest challenge was to make it user friendly for applicants. Now students don’t have to rush from one college to another, they can access everything through the portal including payments, ECA and Sports quota,” says Mukesh Rawat.
The entire project was created under the guidance of Sanjeev Singh, Associate Professor at Institute of Information and Communication. Singh who asked the varsity to develop the portal with the help of students. He says,“It was my mission to include the students in real life project. Earlier students have to come to University in scorching heat to submit their documents and spend so much money in travelling but now they can fill the forms easily from their homes. I feel happy and proud as we have successfully done this.”