"Please let your child follow his heart." With that message, a two-day Open House in South Campus, organised by the Delhi University, wrapped up the session. Parents seemed satisfied and students less worried.
Soon after the board results on Friday, scores of anxious parents and students rushed to South Campus with long enquiry lists. And attending on them were Dr. S.K. Vij, dean, student welfare, a few teachers and student counsellors.
"No matter how good the scores are, parents feel they are not enough to match the cut-offs," said Dr. Seema M. Parihar, counsellor, Delhi University.
Rakhee Pai, a student, said: "These open days are a life-saver. Not only do they enlighten us in many ways, but also open up our mind to several course options we had not thought about."
Here's how counsellors replied to some questions at the Open Day:
What if I do not make it to my desired college?
Please go for the desired course and not the college. The faculty is competent everywhere. Ultimately, you pass out with a Delhi University certificate, the college does not find a mention anywhere.
Should we fill the Common Admission Form and a separate form for each college?
Students have a choice between the OMR forms and the individual college forms. One could use the OMR for multiple applications (to different colleges and various courses) but for a detailed look on the courses available, students are advised to refer to college prospectus. Colleges like St. Stephens and Jesus and Mary (W) have separate forms and one cannot apply through the common admission form.
Are OMR forms accepted in all Delhi University colleges?
No, only at centres where they are being sold.
Do I still have to fill the Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) and Sports Quota forms separately?
All colleges have separate forms for ECA and sports quota.
Can I rely on ECA quota alone?
No, you can't be sure of what a college is looking for. Take admission in a college on the basis of the cut-off or entrance test, and then migrate to your desired college later under the quota.
Can science students opt for Commerce and Arts courses?
Yes. There are some specific requirements in different colleges. And Arts students cannot apply for Science and Commerce streams.
Till what times are forms available?
Timings for sale of admission forms is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Monday to Saturday) in all Delhi University Colleges.