Several admission seekers at Panjab University are being provided assistance at help desks set up by different student political groups on campus. Though the university has an information centre,many students still prefer to visit student help desks,as they claim that these are more helpful.
I went to the single-window system to inquire about the admission procedure,but I got confused and lost my way,while searching for a department. The information provided wasnt of much help,but the students at the help desks have been giving relevant information, said Sukhwinder Singh from Punjab,who wants to apply to evening colleges.
Many students who visit Panjab University for the first time face similar problems. The single window system for admission-related information is flogged with information seekers. Student help desks make the procedure easier by providing admission forms,helping them fill the forms and collect them for submission. The admission seeker are then asked to give their phone numbers and are contacted once the admission is confirmed.
The help,however,does not come without expectation,as the student parties aim at gaining maximum support to win the student union election in the coming session. We help students in the best possible manner and we also provide free admission forms. If their admission gets confirmed and students are enrolled with the university,we call them to seek their support and to ascertain the party they would vote for, said Harmajot Singh Gill,who was at the ABVP help desk.
Most students,who have received information from help desks,are happy to be helped,but only a few are aware of the vote expectations. I completed the admission procedure with the help of a student desk,because I thought they were officially provided by the university administration, said Jamila Laishram,who has applied for MA geography. I did not see any notice near the campus entrance regarding where to go to seek help. When I inquired at one of the desks,they gave me admission forms and also noted my name and phone numbers, she further added.