DU aspirants ask some ‘really bizarre’ questions, reveal help desk volunteers

Delhi University (DU) aspirants and their parents have a million doubts when it comes to seeking admissions. Some queries leave the help desk amused.

education Updated: Jul 11, 2017 17:28 IST
Aditya Dogra
Aditya Dogra
Hindustan Times
Education,Campus,Delhi University
Student volunteers (left) help answer important questions that the students and parents have.(Amal KS/HT)

The online applications for Delhi University end today (June 12), and despite a few glitches, more than 2,98,344 aspirants have already applied. One of the forces behind the applications are the student volunteers manning the University help desk, who have been answering queries raised by students and parents alike. But amid all the pertinent queries, the help desk has also been dealing with some really amusing, bizarre queries.

“Many people actually have very intelligent questions to ask, which are also very specific. But, kaafi log aise bhi hai jo bas hawa mein teer chala dete hai ( There are many who ask just random things),” says Sagar, a student of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, who has been volunteering at the DU help desk.From starstruck students who want to join the college of their favourite star to those enquiring if DU offers trial classes for courses, here are some of the most interesting ones, straight from the help desk.

Sagar and Nikita Sehrawat, two of the volunteers at the help desk. (Amal KS/HT Photo)



Fanboys will go to every length to live the life of their favourite star, and that was probably the case with a student who just had one question to ask — Shah Rukh Khan ka college kaunsa hai, aur waha kaunse courses mil jaayengey mujhe? (Which college is Shah Rukh Khan from? And, which courses can I get in that college?).



Nikita Sehrawat, a volunteer narrates how a parent came up with a unique query. “A student and her father had come with a few questions. But, one specific question stood out. The student had applied through a sports quota in shooting, and the father wanted to know if she would have trials only in shooting or in athletics as well,” she says.



An aspirant and her parents had come to enquire about various colleges, but what really caught the volunteer off guard was when they asked ‘ Which is a better college for my daughter, KMC or Kirori Mal College?’. “I didn’t really get the question at first. When I finally understood, I had to patiently explain that KMC was just short for Kirori Mal College and maybe they wanted to ask about KNC (Kamala Nehru College),” said a volunteer. “And just when I thought I had dealt with the query in the best way possible, the parents asked me ‘Are KNC and KMC different colleges’. Imagine how it would’ve been answering this query.



It is ok for parents to be curious about where their kids will finally take admission, but some of them seem to have taken this a bit too far. “A parent who had come with his son asked me to tell him about Delhi University. When I asked him what he wanted to know, he simply clarified that he wanted to know it all,” says Sagar, a volunteer at the help desk. “It is common for parents and applicants to ask such questions, and nothing really surprises us anymore. We were here last year too, and have experienced this before. Mostly, the best way to deal with such questions is to guide them to the portal or simply tell them that their question isn’t something we are equipped to deal with,”he added.



Rhea Sharma, a student who had scored 72% in the commerce stream was curious if Delhi University would let her attend trial classes before she got admission. “I want to know if I can take a few trial classes, in the colleges of my choice before choosing a final one. I don’t want to choose a college just because the name is good, faculty is important too,” she said, with complete seriousness.



Another common problem is when parents confuse these volunteers with career counsellors. “I had a bunch of parents come in and just straight up ask for us to guide their children into choosing a course that helps their career and growth ahead in life,” says Nikita Sehrawat, a volunteer. “We ourselves are students, how would we know the answer to that? Many parents have this confusion that maybe we are career counsellors and are here to guide their children into choosing the right course,” she added.

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First Published: Jun 05, 2017 13:09 IST