Admissions 2015

Delhi University UG admissions set to go entirely online

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A 23-member committee set up by the Vice-Chancellor to simplify the admission procedure for undergraduate courses at Delhi University is of the opinion that the admission process should be made completely online as against the current system of both online and offline options. The committee will send its compiled recommendations to the VC who is likely to accept them.

The committee comprises principals of 9 colleges, members of DU’s Executive Council and Academic Council along with deans of various departments.

The varsity first introduced online admissions in the year 2012 but offline applications were also accepted simultaneously. Last year, DU recorded 2.8 lac applications for UG courses of which nearly half (1.25 lac) applications were made offline at 18 designated centres.

The admission season at DU begins in the scorching month of May during which the University frequently comes under fire for lack of convenience for parents as well as students. The move will reduce the need of paperwork and manpower drastically.

Abha Dev Habib, a member of DU’s EC, came out in support of offline applications. “Online admissions should be one of the modes but not the only mode. Students like visiting the campus to fill forms. It is useful for them to visit the University and interact with seniors at help desks set by colleges and various students groups. Completely shifting to online admissions is based on the assumption that internet connection is available while the truth is that even at DU there are days when there is no internet connection. We are looking at admissions to over 56,000 seats. The number of applicants run into lacs. For glitch free admissions, it is important that both modes are employed,” she said.

Since the introduction of the now-scrapped Four Year Undergraduate Programme, DU has implemented a host of changes to its admission procedure which include discontinuation of additional eligibility criteria set by colleges, weightage for vocational subjects and scrapping of entrance tests for many courses.

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