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Day of uncertainty at DU

By Our Staff Reporter



A senior student guiding admission-seekers in Gargi College in South Campus in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: R. V. Moorthy

NEW DELHI, JUNE 4. Having learnt their first lessons of the great obstacles race called Delhi University admission, students came better prepared to face the challenges of college-hunting on Day Two of the admission season. Though uncertainty over the newly introduced ICR forms was less on Friday than it was on Day One, some students continued to face problems, thanks to the different procedures being adopted by colleges for the ICR forms. For example, many students who reached Dyal Singh College received a shock when they saw a notice board informing them that only ICR forms were valid for admission through the regular process. The college is selling forms only for those applying under the sports or cultural quota.

Most students said they had been disappointed by the lack of information regarding the new procedure. But defending the college decision, the College Principal, Dr. Jagannathan, said the college did not want to increase the load for students.

"Why should they fill up another form when they have the ICR ones? We completely trust the new system, as the chances of mistakes are really less. In fact, we are planning to give out the information handbook with details of the various courses when the first list is announced. Why should students buy it unnecessarily if they are not going to take admission,'' asked Dr. Jagannathan.

While the sale of ICR forms was comparatively low with Kirori Mal College running short of them for a while on Friday, the sale of individual forms continued to be consistent today with colleges like Hans Raj selling as many as 4,000 forms on Day Two alone. Unlike the North Campus, it was a difficult time for students who visited the South Campus. With practically no public transport to connect them to the different colleges - an issue raised by student outfits for long now - students had to brave the heat and make it on foot, which turned out to be a rather tiring experience.

"The problem was not about getting the forms, but the distance was so much between all the colleges that we spent half the time just making to these places,'' said Ashna, who had come to the South Campus.

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