DU admissions: Here are some admission messiahs for outstation DU aspirants
The Delhi University admission process is never easy for aspirants, whether they’re outstation or local. Here are some student-friendly groups that take care of everything from counselling to giving safety tips.delhi Updated: May 22, 2018 11:23 IST
The online process for admission to Delhi University (DU) colleges began on May 15. There are forms to fill, documents to submit, and choices to make. Add to that the anxiety and excitement that comes with starting life in college. Admissions could be a tough game for many, and things might be tougher for outstation students. To the rescue, however, are the various students’ associations. From setting up help desks to organising orientations and offering counselling, there’s nothing these groups don’t help with. Here’s taking a look at a few such messiahs.
Naga Students’ Union, Delhi: The NSUD is one of the most active students’ associations, helping students from Nagaland. Its work begins when the admission season starts, and continues well into the year — with events like a literary week and interactive sessions with eminent guests. “Students from Nagaland are clueless about the DU admission procedure and the settling in. So, from basic admission information and career counselling to absolutely any other issue, such as college administration problems, we try our best to help them with whatever we can,” says Yitatu Thurr, vice-president. The NSUD help desk is at Nagaland House from May 21, till the end of admissions. Contact: www.facebook.com/groups/nsudelhi
Sri Lankan Students and Alumni Association, DU: While this is a very active group in itself, it also has a lot of strong support from the alumni and Sri Lankan dignitaries based in the city. “There are a lot of Sri Lankan alumni in Delhi, and they never hesitate to help newcomers with language barrier issues, admission-related problems and even finding accommodation. Their support and presence in our lives is such that we celebrate a lot of occasions, such as the Sri Lankan Independence Day and New Year, in association with the High Commission,” says Lahiru Gimhana Komangod, president. He adds, “We’re only 10 of us here in Delhi this year, so while we’re not adequate for help desks, we’re more than happy to help incoming students over the phone.” Contact: 9891100883, www.facebook.com/SLDU.tk
All Assamese Students Association, New Delhi: “We’ve been actively organising counselling sessions and setting up help desks during admission for the past four years. And we have student co-ordinators in each college to help applicants with their paperwork,” says Mrigen Jyoti Kashyap, general secretary. “We also enlist the help of local media in Assam to publicise all the admission information that we can.” The association also addresses security concerns throughout the year. “Staying safe in Delhi is one of the biggest concerns for female students and their families back home. So from arranging safe and comfortable accommodation for them to staying in touch with the police and other local authorities here, we take all the measures that we can,” explains Kashyap. Their help desk is at Assam Bhawan. Contact: 070022 18010, www.facebook.com/AASAND2009
Nepalese student groups: There are two groups helping newcomers on the campus. They are: Nepalese Student Association, Delhi University; and Nepalese Student Helping Hands. From career counselling and assistance with admission to organising cultural and sporting events, everything is aimed at giving Nepalese students a home-away-from-home feel. “We also organise donation drives and meditation sessions for our students here. They should never feel alone in a new city,” says Kush Kumar Mandal, president, Nepalese Student Helping Hands. Contact: Nepalese Student Association, Delhi University: 9971750997, www.facebook.com/nsadu2012; Nepalese Student Helping Hands: 8587940802, www.facebook.com/nepalesestudenthelpinghands
Third Gender Counselling: The Department of Adult, Continuing Education and Extension is also organising one-to-one counselling sessions for third gender students in the department building. “We’re hoping for a bigger space, and more assistance from the government and DU authorities, but in the meanwhile, all counselling sessions and assistance are being given to students in this building itself,” says Prof. Rajesh Kumar. “For third gender students, we have also formed a WhatApp group, where we’re constantly handing out admission information and updates, and scholarship guidance, too.” Contact: Professor Rajesh Kumar – 9873302532
Apart from this, like every year, DU will be holding its open days (May 21-May 29) at the Conference Centre near Gate number 4, North Campus. The sessions are in two slots: 10am-11.30am; 12pm-1.30pm, and queries relating to registration, admission and such will be answered.
First Published: May 22, 2018 11:23 IST