With the full implementation of 27 per cent OBC quota pushing the number of seats to 54,000 this year, 5,000 more than last year, the Delhi University (DU) registered the highest ever sale and submission of forms this time.
Another reason for the high sale could be the loss of the deemed university status for some varsities, said some DU officials.
A total of 1,86,676 forms were sold and 1,43,224 forms were submitted since the process began on May 28. Last year, the number of forms sold stood at 1,48,000 lakh while those submitted were 1,13,471.
“This is the highest number of applications that the university has ever received,” said S.K. Vij, dean, Students’ Welfare. Considering such remarkable sales, the varsity officials were apprehensive about running out of forms. “We
just about managed and still have a few forms left,” added Vij.
As many as 19,231 forms were submitted on Friday, the last day of form submission. The number of physically-challenged students also rose this year. Around 443 candidates have registered till date as compared to 397 last year.
Students who went to submit their forms on the final day didn’t have to wait at the submission counters. “I submitted the form in 10 minutes. There was hardly any queue,” said Nisha Singh, an applicant who submitted her form at the Arts Faculty, North Campus.
Some outstation students rushed in at the last-minute. “I finished my schooling from the Manipur board and got my results on June 8. I reached Delhi today to fill the form,” said Chupalemba Chang.
SC/ST category students from Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh boards were registered on provisional basis because their results CDs did not reach till the last day. “We did not want to turn anyone away so we registered the students provisionally,” said G.S. Tuteja, deputy dean, Students’ Welfare, DU.
At St. Stephen’s College, around 2,500 forms were submitted on Friday. “It was the highest submission in a day so far,” said Nandita Narain, admission in-charge, St. Stephen’s College. A total of 22,000 forms were submitted for 450 seats on offer this year.