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The Equal Opportunity Cell of Delhi University registered 13 physically challenged students on Monday...

Written by Sukalp Sharma | New Delhi |
June 2, 2009 2:05:49 pm

Read-aloud software for the visually impaired
The Equal Opportunity Cell of Delhi University registered 13 physically challenged (PH) students on Monday. For the first time,the forms were read out to visually impaired students through JAWS software. Deputy Dean of Students Welfare Seema Parihar said the forms had to be filled up manually. She added that the number of seats for PH students had been increased to more than 1,500 this year,but like past years,there might not be enough students to fill all up. Handbooks for PH students have also been introduced this year.

No CATE forms at South Campus
There was disappointment in store for the applicants who came to South Campus to pick up forms for the Common Aptitude Test for English (CATE). While the test is being conducted by 12 colleges in the city,the forms are available only at North Campus. Deepa Gupta,who came from Vasant Kunj,said: “It’s too late to go to North Campus now. The authorities should have informed us in advance.” The CATE forms are to be collected from Room no 52 at the Faculty of Arts in North Campus. Last year,DU had disbanded separate entrance tests for English at various colleges and reverted to cut-offs as the criteria for admission.

Poly ban no bar for DU
For the first time,DU has introduced logo-inscribed polybags with every form sold during admissions. To keep environmentalists at bay,the university chose 40 mm,bio-degradable bags that have been approved by the government. Students were seen carrying the brightly coloured bags all over the campus.

Under surveillance
Ten CCTV cameras were operational at North Campus on Monday. Among places under CCTV surveillance were the Viceroy’s Lodge,Mall Road,International Students Hostel,Jai Jawan Stroll,Kranti Chowk,SMS Malkaganj and Goyal Road. “The camera footage at these places showed nothing suspicious. Surprisingly there were no traffic jams either,” said Gurmeet Singh,Procter,Delhi University.

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More information kiosks
South Campus has installed four more computer terminals with Internet access in the campus in order to beat the admission queues. While two such terminals were set up last year,the number has been increased to six this year. “The idea is to allow easy access to information related to admissions,” said Dinesh C Varshney,Deputy Dean,Students Welfare,South Campus. With the facility proving a boon for applicants,all agree that such kiosks should be installed at all major application centres.

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