Photos: Admissions in a ‘new normal’ at Delhi University

It’s admissions season at the Delhi University (DU) but the Covid-19 pandemic has caused the entire process being taken online this year. As a result, the university’s campus –buzzing with activity and aspirants rushing to complete formalities – was unusually quiet when admissions opened on October 12, with virtual tours, troubleshooting sessions via zoom calls and posters advising people against visiting the campus the norm this year.

Updated On Oct 14, 2020 11:32 AM IST
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A faculty member makes arrangements to address students arriving with queries during the admission process for the academic year 2020-21, at Ramjas College in New Delhi on October 12. Admission season has begun at Delhi University (DU) but amid the ‘new normal’ triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic and without the usual campus buzz. (Amal KS / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 14, 2020 11:32 AM IST

A faculty member makes arrangements to address students arriving with queries during the admission process for the academic year 2020-21, at Ramjas College in New Delhi on October 12. Admission season has begun at Delhi University (DU) but amid the ‘new normal’ triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic and without the usual campus buzz. (Amal KS / HT Photo)

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A public notice outside Ramjas College reads, “Students and parents are not allowed in college premises due to pandemic” on October 12. On the first day of the admission process, the usually busy roads of DU’s north campus were deserted and the colleges remained usually silent. Many colleges put up notices outside their gates, advising students to stay at home. (Amal KS / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 14, 2020 11:32 AM IST

A public notice outside Ramjas College reads, “Students and parents are not allowed in college premises due to pandemic” on October 12. On the first day of the admission process, the usually busy roads of DU’s north campus were deserted and the colleges remained usually silent. Many colleges put up notices outside their gates, advising students to stay at home. (Amal KS / HT Photo)

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A corridor that would have been alive with activity any other year, at Ramjas College on October 12. “Earlier you would not even get a space to stand in our corridors on the first day of admissions. But things are different this year. It looks very different but it’s the only way to conduct the admission process safely amid the pandemic,” Ramjas College Principal Manoj Khanna told HT. (Amal KS / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 14, 2020 11:32 AM IST

A corridor that would have been alive with activity any other year, at Ramjas College on October 12. “Earlier you would not even get a space to stand in our corridors on the first day of admissions. But things are different this year. It looks very different but it’s the only way to conduct the admission process safely amid the pandemic,” Ramjas College Principal Manoj Khanna told HT. (Amal KS / HT Photo)

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Aspirants at a Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) help desk in North Campus on October 12. Every year, student outfits set up such help desks across the campus to help new students and introduce them to their political groups. This year, however, very few people were physically present at the camps. (Amal KS / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 14, 2020 11:32 AM IST

Aspirants at a Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) help desk in North Campus on October 12. Every year, student outfits set up such help desks across the campus to help new students and introduce them to their political groups. This year, however, very few people were physically present at the camps. (Amal KS / HT Photo)

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Faculty members at work on the first day of admissions, at Ramjas College in New Delhi on October 12. Colleges adapted differently to the admission process being taken completely online. Ramjas has set up 22 rooms, each for every department, for admission work. Every time a student applies for a course, the teachers on duty receive a notification. They then take printouts of the application to calculate the ‘best of four’ and verify documents. (Amal KS / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 14, 2020 11:32 AM IST

Faculty members at work on the first day of admissions, at Ramjas College in New Delhi on October 12. Colleges adapted differently to the admission process being taken completely online. Ramjas has set up 22 rooms, each for every department, for admission work. Every time a student applies for a course, the teachers on duty receive a notification. They then take printouts of the application to calculate the ‘best of four’ and verify documents. (Amal KS / HT Photo)

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An aspirant seen inside Miranda House campus in New Delhi on October 12. Miranda House on the other hand set up a “virtual control room” to address real-time queries between 10 am and 5 pm through video conferencing. A “virtual tour” was also organised for students who would have visited the campus had it not been the pandemic. (Amal KS / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 14, 2020 11:32 AM IST

An aspirant seen inside Miranda House campus in New Delhi on October 12. Miranda House on the other hand set up a “virtual control room” to address real-time queries between 10 am and 5 pm through video conferencing. A “virtual tour” was also organised for students who would have visited the campus had it not been the pandemic. (Amal KS / HT Photo)

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A faculty member working in an empty classroom at Ramjas College on October 12. Officials at several colleges told HT that slow internet connectivity and elaborate online screening process – which involves checking the mark sheets and other documents, including caste certificates – took a lot of time. (Amal KS / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 14, 2020 11:32 AM IST

A faculty member working in an empty classroom at Ramjas College on October 12. Officials at several colleges told HT that slow internet connectivity and elaborate online screening process – which involves checking the mark sheets and other documents, including caste certificates – took a lot of time. (Amal KS / HT Photo)

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Admission aspirants seen at Delhi University North Campus, in New Delhi on October 12. According to the data provided by the university, as many as 19,086 students had applied for 70,000 undergraduate seats across 60 colleges by 8pm on October 12. Only 920 students managed to complete formalities. Last year, 2,026 students were able to finish the process on the first day of admissions. (Amal KS / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 14, 2020 11:32 AM IST

Admission aspirants seen at Delhi University North Campus, in New Delhi on October 12. According to the data provided by the university, as many as 19,086 students had applied for 70,000 undergraduate seats across 60 colleges by 8pm on October 12. Only 920 students managed to complete formalities. Last year, 2,026 students were able to finish the process on the first day of admissions. (Amal KS / HT Photo)

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