With the admission season on in DU, any kind of information that clears confusion regarding the process, cut-offs or important dates is no less than treasure. Of course, there’s assistance from seniors, parents and volunteers in the varsity, but the more, the merrier.
A saviour of sorts for anxious DU aspirants is Delhi University Community Radio (DUCR), 90.4 MHz, which was started in 2007.
The radio station is airing two “admission special” shows, prepared by DU administration and student volunteers. Aired for half an hour daily, DU Ki Hulchul starts at 10.30am while Admission Express starts at 2pm.
RK Singh, consultant at DUCR, says, “Since admissions are on, we decided that it would be best to have shows that would address various admission concerns of the students. The admission specials started on June 1 and will go on till the admissions are on.”
In DU Ki Hulchul, volunteers provide information on admission process formalities, cut-offs, information on open days, and admission process dates. Anil Kumar, a senior volunteer, says, “As the name suggests, the show is all about the current hulchul in the campus which is the online admission process. We also talk to students who have come to the campus about the problems they’re facing.”
The second show, Admission Express airs recordings of Open Day sessions and provides information on two colleges of the varsity everyday. Kumar adds, “During this show, we broadcast the Dean of Students’ Welfare Association’s session at the Open Days. These recordings are thirteen minutes long and are very helpful for those who cannot attend the Open Day sessions. As for colleges, we provide information regarding location of the college, its history, alumni, courses, facilities and how to get there.”
On June 19, when the Open Day sessions come to an end, DUCR will start giving information on two courses every day, outlining the subjects one will have to study under the course, the colleges it is available in and so forth.
The volunteers at the radio station also address queries sent in by their student listeners. Pooja Singh, a senior volunteer, says, “One can send admission-related questions by emailing them to us, on Whatsapp or by calling us on our landline number (all details available on their website: www.ducr.du.ac.in),” says Pooja Singh, a senior volunteer. She adds that owing to the large number of queries sent in by students, DUCR is considering making their shows longer.
Tidbits from the rich history of Delhi University
1) Not many know that DU’s Foundation Day is May 1 and a flag hoisting ceremony takes place to mark the day every year.
2) The college building of Indraprastha College for Women, also the oldest women’s college in DU, was given the heritage status in the year 2002.
3) The Viceregal Lodge, which is the office of the Vice Chancellor of Delhi University, has a rich history to it. Slain freedom fighter Bhagat Singh was confined in a hidden chamber in the building’s basement. In this building, an heiress, Edwina Ashley, a guest at the Viceregal Lodge, was proposed for marriage by Lieutenant Louis Mountbatten. The room in which this proposal was made is now the office of the registrar of the University of Delhi, and also carries a plaque commemorating the event.