Is the Delhi University able to attract students from across the country?
This question that is debated constantly may well be put to rest this year.
At least that is what the numbers are suggesting.
The university has analyzed the online applications received so far and has found that the highest number of applicants using this mode so far are from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand combined.
This is followed by applicants from Delhi. Haryana comes in a distant third in the number of online applications.
The university has received more than 1.2 lakh online applications already.
The application process that started on June 2 will go on till June 16.
The university has received a total of 2.25 lakh forms including the online and offline applications.
The last two days of submission are usually the ones that see the highest number of submissions and the university is expecting to receive close to 3 lakh forms by Monday.
The online application figures show that students from Delhi and its neighbouring states contribute most to applications.
Candidates from Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Assam and West Bengal have also applied to the university using the online platform.
The numbers suggest that the online application platform is indeed a boon for aspirants from states other than Delhi.
It was started by the university in 2012 and has been extremely successful this year.
The high number of applications can also be attributed to the popularity of the B Tech courses that the university started last year.
The online platform did see glitches in the initial days though, worrying quite a large number of candidates who thought they had to travel to the city to submit their application.
However, the recovery was quick providing relief to the candidates.
“I think the online application platform is a brilliant idea, especially in this heat. For those who want to apply from outside Delhi it is even more beneficial,” said Manpreet Kaur, mother of an applicant in Delhi.
Delhi University is a central university and seats are not reserved for students from the city.
Several voices had been raised in the recent past to reserve seats for residents of Delhi in institutions that are fully or partially funded by the Delhi Government.
The University has, thus far, not relented and has maintained that any such reservation is antithetical to its central status.