After months of anticipation, DU commenced the first day of its admissions process. Steep fall in a number of applicants managing to complete the process as well as technical glitches marked the day.
On October 12, 2020, DU commenced its admissions process on the basis of the first cut-off list. The move came in the wake of a national pandemic that has relegated Indian higher education to the e-sphere.
Being mindful of social distancing norms, DU too carried over the admissions procedure to its online portal. However, the first day saw a record drop in the number of candidates finishing all stages of application, as well as complaints of technical glitches from several colleges.
The e-process instated has three tiers of candidate verification, where the course in-charges of each college must first verify if the candidate’s e-application meets the minimum cut-off requirements, qualifications, eligibility and certificate criteria.
DU Beat got in touch with a number of such course in-charges who shared their experiences with the new mode of e-screening.
An irregular internet connection and an elaborate online screening process, involving the scrutiny of mark sheets and documents, impeded the admissions process on the first day, reducing the number of candidates who could complete all stages.Daulat Ram College, Course In-Charge
The second level involves the admission committees and conveners of the respective colleges looking into the student’s application. Finally, the principal of the college is required to approve the admission before the student pays the enrollment fees and gets their seat secured. Even if they managed to breeze through the three aforementioned stages, fees payment posed a major setback to students in many colleges. Volunteers of student’s unions involved in the process shared the finer points of the same issue.
Heavy site traffic means that the payment mechanism becomes inefficient! The payments of several candidates failed and yet they did not receive a message regarding the same. Some applicants end up paying again in order to hold onto the seat. We are wondering about how DU will refund so much money.Md. Aslah, Joint Secretary of Maithry-The Kerela Student’s Fraternity
In the hours leading up to the commencement of the admissions, almost 19,086 students had applied in 60 colleges of the university. While 1,628 of these applications were approved, only 920 managed to dodge the intricacies and glitched of the e-process to pay the fees and secure their seats, a record drop from 2026 students doing so in 2019. This reflects one of the many ways in which attainment of higher education has been made a tough nut to crack by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Late in the evening of 12th October, a DUSU circular urging the applicants to refrain from panicking was circulated. Shubham Chaudhary, the EC of DUSU asked those, whose admission forms had been ‘Rejected’, to remain patient in the face of a technical glitch that was undergoing scrutiny.
Some colleges expressed concerns and were advised to improve internet connectivity because a number of people connecting into one portal slows it down. We’ve asked them to arrange for additional routers.Shobha Bagai, DU dean of admissions
It is a testament to the dedication of all the students and teachers currently involved in admissions that the students have strong emotional support even in such trying times. Officials and volunteers also remarked at length on how the faculty members are staying back till late hours to assist with the admissions process.
Online process, while a very panic-inducing task for students, remains a very complicated task from the perspective of teachers and more or less the University has shown remarkable adjustment skills in such a short span of time,” stated Md. Aslah, Joint Secretary of Maithry.
It will be difficult to ascertain the exact number of admissions until the process under the first cut off gets over. We’ve received maximum admissions in B.Sc. Mathematics (Hons.) and B.A. Political Science (Hons.). 300 Students managed to complete the admission process at LSR on the first day.Suman Sharma, Principal of Lady Shri Ram College for Women