In good form?
Small time entrepreneurs have made Delhi University’s form-filling season a moolah-making opportunity. For just Rs 50, these professionals brave the scorching sun, long queues and administrative hassles, to fill the application forms on behalf on students.
Suvidha, a store in Janakpuri, is one of the many stores offering such a service. “Among other facilities, we also fill up entrance forms for students. Mostly we fill forms for professional courses such as engineering and medicine. The fee depends on the courses. Ever since the Common Admission form was introduced in 2007, the number of DU students coming to us has reduced.” says Pravin Gera of the store. He adds that the charges for depositing DU forms is Rs 50.
Medha Stores, in Uttam Nagar is another shop that provides this facility, but they are limited to Delhi University only. “Some times students give us the forms and at times we go and buy the forms for them. We then mail and submit the forms too if students require it,” says Savita an assistant at the shop.
For students, such services are a boon. “I live in West Delhi and it was easier for me to approach Suvidha store, rather than travel to North Campus in this heat, stand in an endless queue and worry if my form was filled correctly or not,” says Mandeep Kaur, 18.
“I applied for Journalism, so I filled up my form myself and gave it to a person who does this for a living. He charged me a small fee and submitted my form. He then gave me the admission receipt, so I knew everything had gone off well,” says Anurima Singh, 19.