DU Admissions: A Campus Journalist tests the online application system, find out what happens next
Delhi University’s undergraduate admissions have started - read what students have to say about their experiences while filling the online formsUpdated: Jul 11, 2017 17:28 IST
It’s that time of the year when people, especially students, are sweating it out - literally as well as figuratively! College admissions, board results, entrance exams, crash courses… the list is endless. Since I am a Campus Journalist, a student from Summer Fields School in Kailash Colony, Delhi, waiting for my CBSE Class 12 Board results and seeking admission to a Delhi University (DU) college, I spoke to students in the same boat as me to get their reactions on DU’s online application process.
Sunidhi Singh of Holy Child Auxilium School is confused. “I’ve got a basic idea of how to do it. I came to know what my caste was when I asked my sister about it in order to fill the form! Plus, the sheer number of forms has made me question my sanity.”
Another student, not wishing to be named, finds the entire process extremely tedious. She also says she’s feeling more and more anxious “seeing the trend of rising cut-offs. I mean 98%- even my phone does not charge till that point,” she says.
Offline admission processes earlier meant that students had to run from one admission centre to another in the scorching heat. However, since the tech advancement has hit us hard we have to now sit in our air-conditioned rooms and fill in the forms on our computers. Interestingly, the website hangs many a time, making access to the ‘showroom’ of colleges tough.
So here’s what I found when I logged in on du.ac.in. The page opened to UG Admissions 2017, Undergraduate (Merit Based) Admissions 2017. I was asked to click on (ug.du.ac.in/app/); and on the next tab asked to enter my email, password and verification details. The form has nine tabs — personal details, academic details, course selection, sports, ECA, bank details, mandatory uploads, preview and payment. Things don’t seem to be working beyond the seventh tab. Hopefully, things will get better soon. Check the video to find out how I did it.
Talking about his experience, Shivam Jha of Delhi Technological University (DTU), who wants to apply for DU’s English (Honours) course, says “My recent experience with the Delhi University UG Admissions portal makes me want to question my decision to applying for the course. The user interface is as glitchy as the IRCTC (Indian Railways website). I suppose I’m not the only one facing a plethora of problems while filling a simple form. The biggest problem is that as soon as I hit the submit button, the form gets reset. I have tried to use different browsers and different computers and different devices but to no avail. The password must contain a combination of symbols (special characters, numbers and lower case plus upper case letters), because, well, every hacker in the world is dying to access my admission form.”
Sabika Syed of Summer Fields School finds it “frustrating to log in after you’ve been trying to register more than 20 times a day just to read: ‘This form will be uploaded soon’. It really doesn’t give a clear picture if the only two things we can enter are personal details and the choice of courses. I sure hope the improvements are made in the DU admissions website before the CBSE Class 12 results are declared because too many people would be trying to log in for admissions.”
Archana Kujur of Holy Child Auxilium School wishes admissions were done offline too. “On the first day, that is May 22, I tried to fill the form but it was irritating as the website crashed and on the second day, just after filling the first tab, the submit box was not accepting the command and I had to refill every thing. It’s so excruciating but there is no other way to register in DU.”