As Delhi University opened its doors for aspirants with open days being held at four locations across the university on Saturday, students and parents bombarded volunteers and university officials with questions and doubts related to admissions.
Student volunteers at open day venues delivered presentations on various aspects of admission such as entrances, important dates, reservations and various course options.
“The most common question from parents is if their children will get admission in a certain college or course. While advising them to wait for the cut-off lists, we also try and be realistic about the chances the student has on the basis of their marks,” said an open day student volunteer at the North Campus conference centre.
Parents were a worried lot and came armed with copies of the previous year's cut-offs. “My daughter studied Home Science. Can this subject be included in the best of four subjects on the basis of which admission will be given?” asked Mukul Jaiswal, a parent.
According to a teacher, there is no clarity among students regarding which subjects are to be added in the best of four subjects
“Some students studied mostly vocational subjects in Class XII and are fretting about their admission,” the teacher said.
While some students walked away satisfied that they stand a good chance of admission in their desired course and college, others were given gentle reality checks.
“Students who have little command over English want to study English Honours. We have to tell them that they are not suited for the course and clarify that the course is not meant for students wanting to improve their English language skills. We try to give students a sense of the kind of courses they should apply for,” said Associate Professor of English Novy Kapadia, who was addressing the doubts of various students and parents.
Students were also told about the job prospects in various courses.
Most appeared satisfied with the open day as a means for simplifying the admission procedure. However, student Visheshta Sethi said: “While teachers are specifying certain requirements for the subject of my choice, the admission bulleting states something else. Hence there is confusion.”
Compared to previous years, when the university was choc-a-block with students and parents, university officials reported far less chaos and crowds as DU has done away with the requirement of filling pre-admission forms.
About 2,000 admission bulletins were sold on Saturday and 122 students were registered from the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes category. Eleven students with disabilities were also registered. Delhi Government-arranged camps will be held on June 6 and 7 at the Hindu Rao Hospital for providing disability certificates to candidates.
Admission information bulletins which are available for sale at open day venues will shortly be available for free download on the university website.