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Admission rush: Admission for the under-graduate courses at the Arts Faculty of Delhi University in full swing on Friday.
Admission rush: Admission for the under-graduate courses at the Arts Faculty of Delhi University in full swing on Friday.

Parul Sharma

University offers admission forms to these candidates free of charge

NEW DELHI: More than 2,500 students have so far registered themselves under the categories of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes for obtaining a seat in Delhi University.

The University has been offering forms to these candidates free of charge since this past Monday.

Though the University has specially designed ICR forms for the candidates belonging to these categories to make them more “student-friendly”, they tend to get confused while filling in the 30 choices available to them.

Along with the form, the University provides each candidate a sheet comprising codes assigned to different courses at various colleges. “The form is easy to understand and fill in, but the students are not clear about what choices they should fill. They find it difficult to find the code they want, and are nervous that they might get it wrong,” said Nigam Moghia, an activist from Youth for Social Justice who has been helping the students fill in the forms.

“If they have all the necessary documents, it is possible to buy the form, fill it and submit it the same day,” she added.

Candidates of the SC/ST categories can get themselves registered at the following four places: Arts Faculty on North Campus; Office of the Deputy Dean of Students’ Welfare on South Campus; Rajdhani College in Raja Garden; and Shyam Lal College in Shahdara.

At the time of the registration, they need the following documents in original and a set of photocopies: Class XII mark sheet; Class XII provisional certificate; Class X certificate for date of birth; a caste certificate; and two passport size photographs.

“We urge students to fill in all the 30 choices. There have been times when students don’t see their name in the first cut-off list and cry foul. They don’t understand that they are competing within the SC/ST category, where some of the candidates get very good marks,” said Maya John of Krantikari Yuva Sangathan who has been counselling admission seekers for the past couple of years.

“We also inform the candidates that some of these courses are only taught in the English medium and so they should fill the courses accordingly. Also, that some of the course fees could be high for them. We tell the women students that they need a separate form for college hostel, and even warn them of certain seedy private hostels,” she added.

Most outstation students don’t know which colleges offer which courses (Science, Commerce or Humanities) and where they are located.

“Though all those details are there in the information bulletin, students don’t tend to read the complete booklet and come to us for all kinds of queries from filling in the form to choosing the subjects,” said Arjumand Ara, a faculty member and a counsellor at the registration centre on the North Campus.

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