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BERTH PANGS: Admission seekers at Delhi University on Wednesday. –
BERTH PANGS: Admission seekers at Delhi University on Wednesday. –

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Braving hot and humid weather, hordes of admission seekers accompanied by anxious parents flocked to different colleges of Delhi University here on Wednesday, the first day of admissions for the new academic year beginning July 16.

The main campus bustled with a great deal of activity with all the roads crammed with cars, motorbikes and cycle rickshaws, leading to huge traffic jams.

Long queues were seen inside the colleges as students got their documents verified and forms signed by the Principal before heading for the Cash Counter to deposit their fees.

“We were required to buy the college form first. After filling it up, I went to the Geography Department where the teachers verified my mark sheet and birth certificate. My documents were re-verified. Now I am supposed to get the Principal’s signature. I hope I will be able to deposit my fees today which will save me from having to come again tomorrow,” said Medha Ghosh waiting outside the Principal’s office at Miranda House where she has applied for Geography (Honours) course.

Most students reached the colleges much before the scheduled time to submit their forms.

“We opened the counter around 8-30 a.m. and students were already waiting to buy forms. People come early because they want to finish everything as soon as possible and get back home. Everyone wants to wrap up the process before the day gets too hot,” said an official at Shri Ram College of Commerce, adding that he had already sold around 270 admission forms by noon.

Most colleges verified the documents of students at least twice before sending them to the cash counter.

“After checking all the certificates and mark sheets of the students, we are sending them to the convenor room where they will be verified again. We want to be completely sure on these things,” said Rakesh Sharma, a teacher at Ramjas College, who was facilitating admissions for Chemistry (Hons).

Though most students had arranged the requisite documents neatly in a file or folder, there were some who forgot important papers like provisional certificate and character certificate.

“It completely skipped my mind that I would need a provisional certificate for admission. I can’t get it today because I stay in New Friends Colony which is really far. I have no choice but to come again tomorrow,” rued Alina Hasan, waiting for admission to Maths (Hons) at Miranda House.

Compared with the first day of sale and receipt of the common pre-admission forms when most newcomers chose to come with their friends, parents standing next to their wards in long queues and getting them water and refreshments from time to time was a common sight on Wednesday.

While most colleges allowed parents to be with their children, there were some that strictly forbade them to accompany the admission-seekers.

“We have not allowed parents beyond a certain point. It will lead to unnecessary commotion. As it is, there are so many people; letting parents inside will only add to the confusion. Besides, the children are so smart these days. You just have to direct them and they can do things on their own,” said an official at Miranda House.

At Indraprastha College for Women, 300 admissions were made on Wednesday.

An equal number of admissions were made between 10 p.m. and 1 p.m. at Hans Raj College, informed Principal S. R. Arora.

Kamla Nehru College was not far behind with admission given to 200 girls, mostly for courses in Journalism and English (Hons).

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