The process of admission for 54,000 seats and 70 colleges in Delhi University officially began today with the sale of the common admission OMR form. The offline forms are available in 18 information centres around Delhi; the online forms on the other hand are available on the University website and also through the Android app DU UG admissions 2014 designed by a DU Professor, Dr. Gurpreet Singh Tuteja.
The first day saw a huge turnout of prospective students and their parents. Queues had already formed before 9:00 am, the time for the sale of the forms to actually begin. The windows for general and SC/ST and OBC categories were separate in every college. The prices of the forms for the categories are also different.
Anxious parents were seen all around, some even more so than their children. Their was a lot of confusion regarding the new rules of DU in calculation of marks and the subjects that they can use in Best of four calculation. Students are under the common dilemma of what is more important to them, the college or the course.
One such aspirant Katherine D’ Joy came with her father to pick up a form. Katherine aspires to study Sociology from one of the top notch colleges in DU. She agrees that there is a lot of undue pressure on students to choose career oriented subjects .”Students are under a lot of pressure from their parents and I am fortunate to have a relatively much liberal choice when it comes to my career,” she says.
Describing the admission process in Delhi University as “Rocket science”, Katherine’s father relayed the trouble he faced in filling up the online form. “We tried to fill it(form) online last night but the website kept crashing. So now we had to come all the way to Gargi to pick up the form.”, he said. He hopes that improvements in the functioning would be made in future.
Another confusion that is prevalent among students is admission through ECA and sports quota. The information about the release of forms, trials to be conducted has not been made available as of yet.