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The time of our lives

Delhi University admission is like a rite of passage that cannot be avoided. It comes in summer and it demands long queues...
Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2010 12:10 AM IST

It is the last hurdle before you become an adult. The admission process in Delhi University (DU) has its own rituals. It comes in summer. It demands long queues. It expects you to run around various campuses. Of course, you must not be scared of filling forms. Of course, you must try ignoring the expectations of your parents, and the inquiries of your neighbours.

Students from all over India want to be a part of DU. It has 54,000 seats in 83 colleges offering 162 undergraduate courses. But there is no comfort in these numbers. In 2009, the admission season’s first day alone recorded a sale of 26,000 forms.

With so many students vying for a limited number of seats, the biggest suspense is the obvious one. “Will I get the admission in the college I want?,” says Snighda Kumar, an applicant.

A few colleges seem to be the gateway to a glorious future. Fashion designer Rohit Bal is an alumnus of St Stephen’s College. Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi studied in Lady Shri Ram College. Actor Shah Rukh Khan bunked classes in Hans Raj College. Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit went to Miranda House College. Priyanka Gandhi was a student in Jesus & Mary College. Which college will you go to?

This is torture. But this too shall pass and you will become your own person.

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