Aspirants for Delhi University (DU) got a rude shock on Tuesday, when they were turned back by some centres in South Campus and post offices, saying they had run out of OMR forms.
Tired students, who had been waiting in long queues, claimed that officials behind the counter did not give them a reason behind halting the sale of forms, and did not extend any help either."We were waiting at the post office, only to be later told that there would not be any sale of forms today. If DU is selling forms on such a large scale then post offices need to gauge the per day requirement in advance, instead of keeping students waiting," said Nitesh Kumar, an aspirant.
Post office officials claimed that they had sourced only a limited number of forms, because of which they had to end sales at noon.
"We sold 1,800 forms yesterday and 200 today. In all, we had received 2,000 forms and all of them have been sold," said an official at the Kalkaji post office.
It was not just the post offices that encountered a problem. Students who had queued up at PGDAV and Gargi College claimed they were made to wait till the university supplied the colleges with more forms.
"After we waited in queue for more than an hour, the officials behind the counter asked us to wait for another hour because they had run out of forms," said Neha Mittal, who was at Gargi College.
University officials, however, claimed that no college in DU had experienced a shortage of forms. On the contrary, they claimed that they had supplied forms in excess to colleges as a contingency measure.
Officials also claimed that they had received no communication from post offices regarding a shortage.
"It is absolutely untrue that the colleges ran out of forms. At Gargi College, we had sent an extra 700 forms while at PGDAV, students were not inconvenienced at all. As far as the post offices are concerned, we still have to inspect whether they experienced a short supply of forms," said JM Khurana, dean of students' welfare, DU.