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No help needed: PU dept websites make student helpdesks redundant

Owing to the easy availability of application forms for admission to Panjab University Departments on the university’s website,from this year,the helpdesks set up by the student organisations failed to attract much footfall as compared to last year’s records

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 3, 2012 3:31:48 am

Owing to the easy availability of application forms for admission to Panjab University (PU) Departments on the university’s website,from this year,the helpdesks set up by the student organisations failed to attract much footfall as compared to last year’s records.

Even the number of desks installed went down from 11 in 2011 to just seven this year. The highest number of forms were distributed by the two major unions — Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) and Panjab University Student Union (PUSU).

While both SOPU and PUSU witnessed a footfall of nearly 8,000 this year,the number was above 10,000 for both the organisations last year.

The forms distributed and queries addressed by other organisations remained relatively low with just 3,000 prospective students seeking their guidance. These include National Student Union of India (NSUI),Indian National Student Organisation (INSO),Students’ Federation of India (SFI),Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Hindustan Student Association (HSA).

“On an average,we were able to distribute over 500 admission forms daily for various courses on the campus. At the end,this figure reached around 8,000. We were also accepting filled forms,which we personally submitted to each department. The next day,students were given their acknowledgement slips,” said Manoj Lubana,SOPU president.

The desks,which were installed on June 25,were removed on Monday. Every year,student organisations are seen vying for locations nearest to the enquiry office to attract maximum footfall. The PU officials had directed the student organisations to ensure that no more than 10 chairs are placed at one help desk to avoid congestion. Strict instructions had also been issued by the Dean Student Welfare (DSW) A S Ahluwalia to ensure that no outsiders manned the desks.

NSUI demands date extension to submit OCET dept forms

CHANDIGARH: Representatives of National Student Union of India (NSUI),on Monday,staged a dharna outside the PU Vice-Chancellor’s office seeking extension in the last date for submission of forms for admission to departments covered under Other Common Entrance Test (OCET) till July 5. The deadline for submission lapsed on Monday. Dean Student Welfare A S Ahluwalia said that he has forwarded the request to V-C R C Sobti. Officials said that a final decision will be announced on Tuesday.

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