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Flocking in from far & wide, students get caught in DU admission standoff

AISA members protest at Delhi University on Tuesday. (Ravi Kanojia) AISA members protest at Delhi University on Tuesday. (Ravi Kanojia)
Written by Shikha Sharma | New Delhi | Posted: June 25, 2014 2:29 am | Updated: June 25, 2014 5:38 am

Gaurav Dhanawat and Karan Mahanta sat on a train in Assam two days ago to come to the capital and enrol into a good college in Delhi University (DU). Securing 93 and 94 per cent, respectively, the two were optimistic about their chance of making it to a good college.

But, the duo reached the capital on Tuesday, only to be informed that admissions to the university had been deferred until further notice.

Walking around the campus, without any anyone to seek information from regarding the expected date of admissions, the boys seemed a lost lot. “We thought we would get some help, but they have no information,” Dhanawat said.

Tuesday saw many such applicants from far-flung corners of the country descending on North Campus for admission, but turning away disappointed. While some were asked by the university helpdesk to “keep checking the university website regularly”, others sought some entertainment from the high drama that unfolded at the university campus as a result of the University Grants Commission’s direction to rollback the four-year course.

According to university figures, over one lakh applicants have come from outside Delhi, most belonging to Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Haryana and Bihar. UP and Uttarakhand combined have over 66,000 applicants, figures showed.

Asked if they planned to head back home now, students said they had no option but to wait here and watch. “There is no use going back. If admissions begin in a day or two, we will have to come back. It is not easy to get tickets in this season. We are going to stay, and probably go around the city,” Dhanawat said.

Colleges, in the meantime, expressed inability to begin the admission process anytime soon. “We haven’t decided the cut-offs. There is need for more clarity,” Rajendra Prasad, principal of Ramjas College, said.

Principals blamed the standoff between UGC and DU for the unprecedented situation. All the colleges are busy submitting compliance report over the rollback of the FYUP. “I took a week’s leave from work to come to Delhi to oversee my son’s admission. I am hoping admissions begin soon,” Tsering Tobgyal who had come to Delhi from Mizoram, said.

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