On the first day of DU admissions, the heavens opened up - but that could not keep students from visiting their chosen college to secure admissions. And it was commerce and economics all the way.
Many found they fell short of the required cutoff by 0.25% marks and had a tough chance of making it even in the second list. Colleges across the campus reported high enrolment in B.Com(H) and Economics(H).
In fact, at IP College all 35 seats for B.Com.(H) were notched up on the first day. "Many enrolled today because we did not inflate our cutoff marks unnecessarily as that only ends up confusing students. We are sure the majority of students who have joined will stay with us," said a faculty member at IP College.
"I am told there are some 60 students who have 94.25% marks. I have got through all the other colleges, but since I was keen on SRCC, I came to check if there would be a second list. Now the chances look bleak," said Kratika Khandelwal of Salwan Public School, who has scored 94.25%, just .25% short of the 95% cutoff required for commerce students for admission in B.Com.(H).
Kratika now plans to secure her admission in Hansraj on Wednesday. "I don't want to be left in the lurch," she tries to put on a brave front. In fact, many did exactly that - they went and secured admission in Hindu, Hansraj or IP, as their score allowed and decided to wait it out in case a second list came out at SRCC.
Nikhil Sharma of Doon School has secured admission at Hindu College for B.Com.(H) when he realised that his 93.75% score was not enough for SRCC. "I will dropout if I get SRCC," he said. But there were the success stories that kept the mood upbeat.
Take the instance of five friends from Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan School in Erode, Tamil Nadu. All of them were exultant about having made it to B.Com.(H) at SRCC.
"Presidency and Loyola College in Chennai are prestigious colleges, but I wanted to get into the best commerce college in India," said Kalpesh D. Chopra who had secured 94.63% in the TN State Board exams. Principals say the mad rush for commerce and economics courses is a recent phenomenon that is becoming worse by the year.
"They all want to go on to do MBA. Despite the high cutoff marks, I was surprised by the heavy rush of students seeking admissions," said Kavita Sharma, principal Hindu College.