Misleading information, abuses and advertisements. Delhi University’s Facebook page, which has information about the admission process as well as other varsity-related matters, is replete with such content.
The content, most of it posted by students and aspirants, have the potential to create confusion about the admission process.
In one of the comments, a student tells another that this year, there is no need for general category students to fill in application forms. Another says that the admission process is only online.
“I went by what the students on the page were saying and almost missed out on the application forms. It is only when my father read in the newspaper that forms were necessary that I rushed to the university to apply,” said Mahika Verma, an aspirant.
Aspirants are expected to turn to Facebook, a social networking platform popular among the youth, for information on the admissions. While the information posted by varsity officials may be of help to a large young audience, misleading content means that there is a need to monitor the forum.
The DU page contains not only spurious information, but also advertisements of weight loss programmes, gymnasiums and tuition classes.
“I put up a question on the page hoping that I would get an answer from the page administrator, but got a flurry of useless comments from other students and aspirants instead. Most of these responses had nothing to do with my query and were flirtatious in nature," said a student who did not want to be named. She ended up deleting her question from the page to avoid any disturbance.
Varsity authorities, meanwhile, have promised to look into the matter and have said that spurious information would be removed.