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Countdown begins for new session

DU will begin its admission process for the new academic session with an 18% increase in the total number of seats.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2008 09:38 AM IST

The Delhi University is all set to begin its admission process for the new academic session with an 18 per cent increase in the total number of seats that are available.

After implementing approximately 9 per cent OBC quota this year, the undergraduate seats at the university will go up from 35,000 to 42,000. “The number of seats for the general category is approximately 27,500. We can take away 6,300 for SC (15 per cent) and 3,148 for ST (7.5 per cent). This leaves 5,052 seats for OBC candidates,” said S.K. Vij, Dean Students’ Welfare.

“However, these are tentative figures as we are taking into account round numbers. The exact number of seats that emerge after colleges collate data on seats per course might be a little different,” Vij said. He informed that the Common Pre-admission Form, along with the Information Bulletin for 2008-09, would be available from June 2 to 16, in both Hindi and English.

“Applicants can use a single form to apply for various courses and colleges. They can buy the bulletins as well as forms and submit the latter at 15 centres across the city,” Vij said. The forms would be available from 10 am to 1 pm, Monday to Saturday.

To answer students’ and parents’ queries, the university is also organising eight open days starting May 24. The information bulletin will give students details on the dates of sale and receipt of forms for various categories, cut-offs for the previous year, a detailed map of DU colleges and important telephone numbers. The information bulletin also contains a specimen copy of the pre-admission form. “Students should first practise filling up the specimen copy and then go on to fill the original copy,” said Vij.

“The form this year also uses Optical Mark Reader software for converting handwritten information into computer data. Therefore, applicants should be careful not to make mistakes,” he said. The colleges are also organising sessions for SC/ST applicants. However, no separate counselling has been planned for OBC category applicants.

All they are required to do is to mention the OBC certificate number and fill up the box saying non-creamy layer. “It is important that OBC applicants have certificates in their own names and not in their parents’ names,” Vij added.

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Common Pre-Admission Form available for 63 colleges offering 43 courses
The forms cannot be used for courses in which selection is based on entrance tests
The candidates opting for music should register at the Faculty of Music
The students interested in foreign languages should go to the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, Faculty of Arts
The candidates applying under Sports or ECA quota should apply on individual college forms
Students seeking hostel should also apply to individual colleges

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