In the first three days of Delhi University’s admission season, nearly 1,300 general category forms and about 750 Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes and Persons With Disability category forms have reportedly been submitted manually at the South Campus office.
However, with only two counters for buying admission forms and only one counter for submission being operational, the shortage of staff is proving to be an issue with enthusiastic admission seekers.
“There is just one counter with three people who are handling the entire submission process of both general and reserved categories. Obviously there will be a lot of crowd,” said applicant Arzoo.
Deputy Dean Students’ Welfare South Campus Dinesh Varshney acknowledged the problem.
“We definitely have less staff this time, but the few people we have are working relentlessly.”
Moreover, he said, many students are still confused about online submissions due to last year’s debacle when the system had not worked over the first few days.
Also, many face the language barrier as forms are available only in English.
“A differently-abled boy with 80 per cent score visited me for counselling because he was from a Hindi medium background and could not comprehend the form,” Prof. Varshney said.
The other issue plaguing admission seekers is regarding correcting errors in the online form.
“I filled an incorrect date of birth for my son in his online form. So I came all the way from Gurgaon to get that corrected, only to discover that it cannot be done,” said an agitated man who had to buy an over-the-counter form.
Apart from this, B.Com aspirants have been facing a hard time. While mathematics is no longer a compulsory subject to pursue B.Com Honours as far as the university in concerned, many colleges still insist that the subject be studied by the applicant in Class XII to be eligible for the course.
Many applicants and their parents have reacted against this saying that while students intending to study the erstwhile three-year B.Com course were able to do so, that is no longer the case.