Confusion reigns at DU colleges on Day 1 of admission

Students reach campus without all necessary documents; slow university portal adds to the applicants’ woes

June 20, 2018 01:35 am | Updated 01:35 am IST

  The last lap:  Applicants during the admission process at Miranda House in the Capital on Tuesday.

The last lap: Applicants during the admission process at Miranda House in the Capital on Tuesday.

On the first day after the cut-off list was announced for merit-based undergraduate courses at Delhi University, several students showed up to take admission at various colleges, however, it was confusion that was the flavour of the day.

Some problems were faced as the students did not come prepared with the necessary documents while other problems were caused that needed to be addressed by the university officials.

A slow DU portal, too, did not help students get the day seamlessly. A number of students were worried as they could not download their application form containing the name of the college and course from the university website which truncated their time to begin their admission process.

“I have been trying for two hours but I have not been able to download my application form,” said Shweta who wants to study history in Hindu College.

Chandrika, another aspiring student who had come from Vrindavan, found difficulty in downloading her application form and had to rush to Patel Chest.

Anxious applicants

The problem prevailed for a long time as students like Dhanush, an applicant at SRCC, complained about their inability to download their form till noon. The fact that the closing time for admissions was 1.30 p.m. made them anxious.

“This is an important issue, more so because it happens every year. Many students not hailing from Delhi struggle with the language and navigating campus,” said Maaroof, president of Maitreyi College’s Malayali students’ fraternity in DU.

Outside North Campus, there were similar scenes as the computer lab at Kamala Nehru College (South Campus) was among the busiest spots as students rushed to print their documents.

Priya Mahtolia, waiting for admission into geography honours programme said, “I need to print the college course form, but the portal did not specify that I had to.”

Parents of applicants displayed their frustration as admissions opened at Delhi University. Muskaan Kohli, vice-president of the Students’ Union at Kamala Nehru College, said, “Parents are less cooperative. Some shout and howl at us but, I have told volunteers to be calm and patient with them.”

Tension mounted at Lady Sri Ram College as parents of candidates argued over their places in the queue for admissions while candidates scrambled to nearby printing facilities to acquire the required documents. “The college course form needs to be printed, but the online portal did not mention that,” said Adyasha Patra.

Mariyam Husna, an applicant to LSR, said, “I am from Kerala. I am not from Delhi. I do not know where to go to get these printouts.”

Best four calculation

“Several applicants from Telangana State Board faced problems in their admission because of the confusion in the calculation of their best four score. This issue was found with almost all colleges in the North Campus, especially Hindu and Ramjas,” said Sneha, media spokesperson of Delhi University Students Union.

Sanya, a student volunteer at Hindu College said, “The mark sheet of a student from Telangana State Board contained two subjects — Mathematics A and Mathematics B. We found it confusing to whether treat both of them as one subject or different.”

Provisional certificate

“Kerala Board issues a single certificate and not a provisional certificate which is required for the Delhi University admission process. Ramjas College asked the students, specifically, to produce provisional certificate within 10 days or else their admission would stand cancelled. Maitreyi College’s Malayali students’ fraternity intervened and discussed the issue with the college principal. The latter asked for clarification from the State Board regarding the same. We have spoken to one of our MLAs and are hopeful that the problem would be sorted by Wednesday,” said Vishnu, member of Maitreyi College.

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