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Laptops and data cards to clear ‘mad crowd’ hurdle

Monday morning saw a melee of students scramble across colleges and post offices ready for a dash to buy and submit Delhi University’s optical-mark recognition (OMR) forms. Shaswati Das reports.

india Updated: Jun 18, 2012 23:25 IST
Shaswati Das

Monday morning saw a melee of students scramble across colleges and post offices ready for a dash to buy and submit Delhi University’s optical-mark recognition (OMR) forms.

Yet, there remained a cautious few who had come prepared with backup options in case they couldn’t submit the OMR forms.

Armed with laptops and data cards, groups of students and parents could be found perched on benches in several colleges and outside post offices in a last ditch attempt at submitting online forms.

“Because of the glitches on the website, we did not register online and decided to get the OMR forms. We had anticipated the mad rush at colleges today, and came with laptops and data cards to fill out the online form in case we could not submit the OMR form,” said Nitin Mehta, who had come from Mayur Vihar. While candidates waited in queues, family members were found filling up the online forms.

“I waited in the queue for more than an hour. Since time is limited, I had asked my brother to carry a laptop and data card so that we can fill in the online form alongside the OMR one. Since submission of forms ends at 1pm in colleges, we are not going to take a chance,” said Ishi Raina, an aspirant.

Several others also said they would go to the nearest cyber café in case they were not able to submit the OMR forms.

“The crowd is absolutely crazy. I have filled out my daughter’s form but I’m praying that I get to submit it. If not, I plan to go to a nearby cyber café. We had filled out the online form but not submitted it,” said Meenu Khattar, who had come to submit her daughter’s form.

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