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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

DU aspirants from other states have nowhere to go

Shinjini Ghosh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 26, 2014
First Published: 09:52 IST(26/6/2014) | Last Updated: 13:54 IST(26/6/2014)

As another day was lost in deliberations, meetings, protests and insinuations on Wednesday, Delhi University-hopefuls kept guessing the time by which admissions will start.

Aspirants, who have come from other states, are particularly suffering due to the delay in the admissions over the fouryear undergraduate programme slugfest.

“Since SRCC had already released the cut-offs we thought the admission process would go on as scheduled. It was only after I reached Delhi that I was informed that the list had been withdrawn and now it will take at least a week more,” said Avneet Sachdeva, who has from Amritsar. She has been in the city for the past few days waiting for further notice from the college.

Parents and prospective students complained that they faced problems finding accommodation around the campus as many did not have relatives in the city.

“We will have to look for hotels and guesthouses in the scorching heat since admissions are not happening today. We don’t care if it’s a three-year course or a four-year one. Our sole priority is admission in DU,” said Manju Sahu, who has come from Bhopal with her daughter.

Looking at the g rowing demand for lodging options around the north and the south campus, owners of paying guest homes have opened their doors to children and their families who wish to stay around the campus for a few days.

“The rooms remain vacant because children generally go home for vacations. This is the first time I have given the place for rent to students who are applying at colleges,” said Sarita Raghav, owner of a PG accommodation in Kamla Nagar market.

The confusion among applicants and the lack of hotels and guesthouses in the area have caused an increase in the rents. Parents, who have accompanied their wards to the city, also complain about lack of information.

“I have taken leave from office for my son’s admission in DU. Now since the cut-offs have not been declared, we are confused if we should stay here or go back. I can’t take more leave from office,” said M Ganesh, who has come from Coimbatore.


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