By Manisha Relia
A day after Delhi University (DU) came out with its first cut-off list, thousands of students and parents thronged the university’s many colleges to get themselves enrolled into the three-year undergraduate courses.
While smooth admissions were witnessed in North Campus colleges, with most colleges putting out information bulletins and admission guidelines on their noticeboards, confusion and chaos was witnessed at certain colleges in South Delhi.
“The first day of admissions is usually slow, but this year, a lot of students have enrolled into the college the first day itself. We have already sold more than 200 prospectuses in the first few hours,” Pratibha Jolly, Principal, Miranda House, said.
Chaos prevailed at Lady Shri Ram College during the first part of the day, with parents thronging the helpdesks to know about various course cut-offs and additional eligibility criteria set by the college. The college claimed that information was available on the college website, but parents said they were unable to locate it.
Students were also left wondering about the dates of final ECA trials and declaration of short-listed candidates for sports trials.
The college said it would put the relevant information on the website ‘soon’.
With information on cut-offs not available on the website, students and parents were forced to crowd outside noticeboards at Jesus and Mary to check cut-offs, leading to long queues.
At certain colleges like Shri Ram College of Commerce, admissions continued till 6.30 pm. “Up to 102 out of 123 seats for the Economics Honours Programme have already been filled. Admission went on till 6.30 in the evening owing to the rush,” P C Jain, SRCC Principal, told Newsline.
Under the three-year degree course, certain programmes like BA, BCom and BSc have made a comeback. But according to principals, the first day saw a tepid response from applicants for these courses.
“We have introduced BA Programme according to the new scheme of things. But, we haven’t received very many applications for it,” Dr Babli Moitra, Principal, Indraprastha College for Women, said.
Facilities for students with disabilities was absent at most North Campus colleges, barring a few like Miranda House. In contrast, South Campus colleges like Venkateshwara and Gargi had designated helpdesks with wheelchairs for persons with disabilities.
Members of student political organisations like Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), NSUI and AISA could also been seen helping out students and parents with their admission-related queries.
“Most parents want to know about additional eligibility criteria for courses or if they qualify for a certain course or not. Students are also enquiring about hostel facilities and admissions under sports quota and ECA,” Aditya, a student volunteer, said.