The countdown to admission into 54,000 seats in Delhi University’s undergraduate courses began on Thursday with hundreds of students attending the open day sessions organised by the varsity. The session saw DU officials addressing queries of students and parents on various topics related to admissions.
“More than 700 students and parents attended the first day of the Open House. We tried to answer as many student queries related to admission procedures. Over the course of the next few days, we plan on also having student volunteers to assist parents and students, and clarify their doubts,” Dr Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, Deputy Dean of Student Welfare, Delhi University, said.
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The ‘Open Days’ sessions will be held till May 30 from 10 am to 1 pm, except on Sundays, at the varsity’s Conference Centre. DU is also considering a proposal to make the recordings of these sessions available online for those who don’t attend.
The varsity has also prepared a set of Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs) based on queries from students in the previous years. The FAQs will be available on the website soon. students visiting the campus can avail the same in the form of hand-outs.
“If you are in Delhi, it is always better to come and attend the sessions and clarify doubts in person. Else, students can also access information through the university’s website and app,” Tuteja said.
While the sessions themselves saw little mention of the choice-based credit system (CBCS), All India Student Association (AISA) activists could be seen protesting against the implementation of the scheme. Outside the venue, they distributed leaflets among students and parents and talked to them about the reality of CBCS .
“While DU is busy pushing CBCS from this academic year, students and parents who attended the open session on Thursday were not told anything about it…,” a statement issued by AISA’s Sucheta De said.
Meanwhile, DU has decided to have another admission information centre after student groups demanded that North Campus also have a centre. In addition to the existing colleges, SGBT Khalsa College in North Campus will serve as an admission centre.
Students back DUTA chief
Various student groups on Thursday rallied behind DUTA President Nandita Narain, condemning DU’s alleged attempt to target her unfairly. “It is very well-known that Narain has been raising her voice against anti-student academic ‘reform’ like CBCS and against the corruption of the current DU administration. DU is trying to weaken the student-teacher movement. Instead, such attempts are only going to intensify the movement, ” a student leader said.