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Day 1 of online admissions: Flawless, claims DU even as some still look for paper forms

Unlike previous years, when the first day of registration saw a huge rush of aspirants at the University’s north campus and individual colleges, DU Wednesday was relatively crowd-free.

Written by Aranya Shankar , Shikha Sharma | New Delhi |
June 2, 2016 3:28:36 am
delhi, delhi university, delhi university admissions, delhi university undergrad admissions, du undergrad admissions, du admissions on june 1, delhi news Candidates filling online application forms at a cyber cafe near Delhi University Wednesday. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna)

The Delhi University (DU) Wednesday claimed it had got an “overwhelming” response to its online admission system, with 30,900 students registering online in the first six hours. This is the first year the admission process in DU has gone completely online.

In a statement, Registrar Tarun Kumar Das said, “The University of Delhi successfully and flawlessly started online registration for UG courses. The response of the applicants to the admission process is overwhelming and about 30,900 registered online at the university admission portal within first six hours of the launch. Of the registered applicants, about 5,600 completed the registration form including online registration fee payment.”

Unlike previous years, when the first day of registration saw a huge rush of aspirants at the University’s north campus and individual colleges, DU Wednesday was relatively crowd-free.

While aspirants attended ‘open days’ — counselling sessions organised by the university — to get answers to their queries, the maximum number of students were at the helpdesks set up by student organisations like the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) and National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) outside the Arts Faculty and next to the Vishwavidyalaya Metro station.

“We were told which subjects could be counted to calculate our best-of-four percentage, how the admission procedure will have to be completed, and how we have to select courses and colleges in the online form. There was first a presentation, and then a question-answer session,” said Disha Kundu, one of the students.

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However, many students said they didn’t know offline forms would not be available. The top query by students was about where one could collect forms or which college they were supposed to be submitted in.

“We have just been told that the process has gone completely online. We will attend the counselling session and go to a cyber cafe to fill our forms,” said Kavita, who had come all the way from Shadipur.

Despite attending the ‘open days’ sessions, some students said they were not sure about how forms were supposed to be filled online. Members of the student organisations said they would not only address queries from students but also help them fill their forms. “We are going to set up laptops and scanners at our helpdesks, and help students fill their forms, since many of them are confused,” said Ankit Sangwan, a volunteer from ABVP.

Rohit Rana, a volunteer of CYSS, said, “We will not only show the students how to fill the forms, we will also help them figure out how to pay the registration fee online”.

A member of the NSUI said, “We are going to help the students by filling up a demo form for them. We also have copies of last year’s cut-off lists, so that students get an idea if they will be able to make it to DU.”

DU registrations will continue till June 19. The first cut-off list will be released on June 27, following which students will get three days to take admission in the college and course of their choice.

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