The great DU rush begins, 38,000 apply on day one
The online admission process for Delhi University kicked off smoothly on Thursday with 37,850 aspirants registering themselves. At least 8,791 of them had already made payments online. This is the highest online registration the university has seen on the first day of admission.
In 2014, due to problems in the server, only 2,345 aspirants could register themselves online and in 2013 around 7,385 had registered.
This year, to encourage students to fill their forms online, the process was started early and will continue till June 15. The offline process starts from June 5 unlike earlier when it started on the same day.
The admission process is for 54,000 seats in 61 colleges and two minority institutions — St. Stephen’s College and Jesus and Mary College that follow a separate admission process.
Though the first day was smooth, a mistake in the bulletin information on the website caused panic among students on Thursday. Explaining how to calculate the best of four percentage, one of the examples said if a student includes Accounts, Business Studies, English and Economics, the candidate will not be eligible BA (hons) Economics, which is incorrect. The candidate can include one language and three academic subjects in the best four for BA (hons) Economics, though the student should have mandatorily studied and passed math in Class XII. “The example was a little unclear so I got confused and had to call DU for it,” said Dhruv, an aspirant.
Even though the university had mentioned offline forms would available only from June 5, many over enthusiastic students seeking admission lined up early outside colleges hoping to register themselves.
“Since morning, many students and parents have come to us asking for forms. We had to tell them that we have only opened online registration and there is still time for the forms to come out,” said Saurav Kumar from the administrative team of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College (SGTB), which one of the eight offline registration centres. The other centres are Dyal Singh College, ARSD College, Gargi College, PGDAV College, Shyam Lal College, Maharaja Agrasen College and Rajdhani College.
Manisha Yadav (17) from Sonipat reached the Vishwa Vidyalaya metro station at 7am and waited for almost three hours before she and her mother were allowed inside the college, only to realise that the date for form distribution is yet to arrive. “I am not comfortable with applying online and wanted to get the form from the college. All the waiting was wasted,” said Manisha.
Dates to note
Online registration on first day (figures upto 5 pm Thursday) — 37,850
Payment made for the form — 8,791
Last year registration on Day 1— 2,345
Last day for submitting applications — June 15