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Single photocopy centre sparks daily scramble at Arts Faculty

Waiting in long queues under the hot sun for application forms is not the only headache for Delhi University hopefuls. A stamped photocopy of the optical mark recognition form as proof of receipt is necessary, but the aspirants have to survive a battle to get one.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2012 01:11 IST
Shazma Iqbal

Waiting in long queues under the hot sun for application forms is not the only headache for Delhi University hopefuls. A stamped photocopy of the optical mark recognition form as proof of receipt is necessary, but the aspirants have to survive a battle to get one.

There is only one outlet with a photocopier in the Faculty of Arts. Typically, there are no queues of aspirants waiting for their turns, but unruly throngs with girls being pushed to a corner and boys hogging the counter.

Aspirants may have to wait for over 30 minutes to get a single page photocopied. The disorganised crowds mean documents are getting damaged. Preeti Kanchiya, after emerging from the crowd looking exhausted, said, “My 12th class marksheet was crumpled and thrown out at me. This is something that I must have for the rest of my life. Though, I feel lucky that it was not torn.”

The confusion does not mean good business for the outlet. Gaurav Kapoor, who was in the crowd for 20 minutes, saw some people walk away with photocopies without paying.

The lack of management of such daily crowds poses a security threat as well. Some girls complained of being roughed up, while others in the crowed talked of lurking pickpockets.

The worst off are the ones who were unable to submit their forms because of the time it took to get a photocopy. Meena Singh, who reached the faculty at 11.30pm, filled out the form within fifteen minutes but during the scuffle to get a photocopy, her original OMR form was torn and was not accepted.