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The DU and colleges affiliated to it to have done a lot to ensure easy dissemination of admission-related information. But this collective effort cannot yet be tagged as adequate, reports Ritika Chopra.
By Ritika Chopra | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2008 12:28 AM IST

The Delhi University (DU) and colleges affiliated to it to have done a lot to ensure easy dissemination of admission-related information. But this collective effort cannot yet be tagged as adequate.

Though there are helplines, helpdesks, trained student volunteers and information bulletins galore, the information available online on several college websites is surprisingly negligible, misleading and at times completely wrong. This, as a result, adds to the problems faced by outstation candidates.

The wrong information found online at college websites spans a variety of topics, including admission and sports trial dates, implementation of OBC quota and the subsequent increase in seats and cut-off list for the last academic year. So, while the Daulat Ram College website greets the user with the admission schedule for year 2006, the Hindu college website offers information on sports trials that took place close to two years ago.

To make matters worse, Hindu and Ramjas College’s site even carry dated information on the entrance test for the English (Honours) course, which is bound to cause confusion among users as the university had recently announced the abolishment of the test this year. The Aditi Mahavidyalaya site doesn’t even have a link for admission.

On being asked about the mistakes Hindu College Principal Kavita A. Sharma cited technical difficulties as the reason for online blunders. Some of the mistakes (such as the old academic year link was replaced with the current one) were even corrected after HT’s phone call. Ramjas College Principal Dr. Rajendra Prasad, who was initially unaware of the mistake, promised it would be corrected soon.

Opening or logging on to websites too can prove to be quite a challenge. Many website addresses mentioned in the DU information bulletin — www.kalindi.du.ac.in and www.south.du.ac.in/maitreyi — are almost impossible to open. “Most college websites don’t open because the server is down. And when it does one is disappointed to see the inadequate information provided about the courses and the number of seats. Visiting colleges personally is the best way to get the right information,” said Namit Suri, an applicant.

According to Shobhit Mahajan, DU’s head of computer centre, college websites should ideally provide information on courses, number of seats, faculty and their profiles, syllabus, extracurricular activities and also mention the sports trial dates and hostel facility. “A little bit of extra information can never hurt anyone. It only makes the job of the applicant easier. If colleges don’t provide this then it can prove to be setback for them,” he said.

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