When you can’t put your finger on the best option, complex admission rules leave you in knots and the future appears hazy, what better way to allay your doubts than by hearing it straight from the horses’ mouths? Hindustan Times made it possible by bringing together Delhi University academics and young, confused souls at various places in Delhi/NCR during the ongoing admission season.
DU-admission hopefuls interacted with panels of speakers including deputy deans, college principals, as well as admissions and placement officers from Delhi University, at the eight HT Campus calling counselling sessions held in Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida. The aspiring students also received one-on-one advice from professional counsellors.
“I was confused about economics (hons) and political science (hons) - what are the career options after these and what degree one should pursue, maths, economics or stats before a master’s in economics. It pretty much answered all my queries,” says Sakshi Upadhyaya, one of at least 7,500 college aspirants who got information on different aspects of DU admissions at various events this season. The fact that the information came from DU teachers made it “authentic”, says Upadhyaya, who attended the session at Shri Ram School, Gurgaon, and has now enrolled for political science at Miranda House.
Campus Calling also set up kiosks at St Stephen’s College, Jesus & Mary College, Miranda House, Kamala Nehru College, Rajdhani College, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce and Gargi College to help aspirants taking pre-admissions and admission forms. Right after the board results were declared, Campus Calling reached out to schools where students were given the Hindustan Times 100 Great Careers guides.
Meanwhile, HT Aspirations, celebrating its 10th year, drew 2500 students and parents looking for information on colleges and programmes.
Students can also seek help online through the Campus Calling Facebook page which currently has more than 1,02,000 fans. They can use exciting applications such as the Cut-off Calculator, Campus Maps, Most Likely 2 Become, and information related to campus admissions. There is also a page dedicated to HT Horizons’ Campus Journalists, who share their DU admission experiences.
HT recently tied up with Om Book Shop to distribute free DU Guides with maps, through all their stores in Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida. Nearly 750 guides and maps were given out in just one week.