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Aspirants from outside Delhi arrive amid chaos

Ashni Dhaor and Shinjini Ghosh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 25, 2014
First Published: 00:09 IST(25/6/2014) | Last Updated: 00:12 IST(25/6/2014)

Amid the confusion over releasing cut-off lists and the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP), Delhi Univeristy’s (DU’s) student aspirants from across the country, who had very little clue on what was happening here, were in for an unpleasant surprise on Tuesday morning.

Many had turned up expecting to get admission to their preferred colleges, only to be sent back by security guards at the gates.

Shivangi Sahu, a political science (Hons) aspirant from Bhopal, had arrived in Delhi at 5 am with her parents and headed straight to Hindu College. “We were sent back by the gatekeeper. He was the one who informed us that the cut-off list has been put on hold,” said Sahu.

The gatekeepers said they had sent back 40 to 50 students.

A large number of students were sent back from Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC). The college had withdrawn the cut-offs that it had declared on the website on Monday evening.“When we noticed the cut-off list was withdrawn, we got confused and decided to go to the college. But the officials are clueless. We have no other option but to go back and return once the cut-offs are declared. This is proving to be a hassle for us,” said Sahana Shahbag who came from Mumbai.

“We travelled for 42 hours only to find out that the admission process has been stalled. It has been my dream to study in SRCC and I’m just praying that the issue gets sorted at the earliest,” said Mohan Kumar, who has come from Tamil Nadu.

Some students have decided to wait in the face of uncertainty. “Our initial plans were to take admissions, look for a hostel and go back. Due to this mess, our plans have been jeopardised and we have no other option but to stay back and wait for the cut-offs,” said Shambhavi Ganesh, also from Tamil Nadu.

Some of the students’ working parents have had to put their professional lives on hold temporarily. “The anxiety and insecurity is building up and it is becoming intolerable. Being a teacher-in-charge of a college under Calcutta University, there is a lot of responsibility on me. I’m forced to stay here indefinitely because of which a lot of work is getting piled up. We’re staying at a government guesthouse and the bookings are about to end in a few days,” said Moushumi Pathak whose daughter aspires to study in LSR.

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