NEW DELHI: The undergraduate admission season in Delhi University begins today. This year the University has decided to go online. According to a press release posted on their website, registration for all categories including Sports, Extra Curricular Activities, Kashmiri Migrants and CW (Defence) will be completely online. It is indeed a bold move by the administration.

With server problems haunting the University during exam results every year, the administration is not leaving any stones unturned to make the admission process completely glitch free. To inform students about the changed admission procedure, the University has organized seminars. “The Open Days will start from June 1, 2016 from 10am to 1pm at Conference Centre, opposite Department of Botany, University of Delhi. The colleges will [also] conduct open days in their respective premises and shall announce the details in the near future,” read the statement released by the University on Monday.

Many parents and students have raised questions about the online admissions. It is noteworthy that students from all across the country apply in Delhi University. A worried parent said, “many students apply from the rural areas and do not have access to Internet...what about those children? It will therefore be wise to have both the options [online and offline] open for students.”  

Talking cut-offs  

This year the cut-offs are expected to be very high with more number of students scoring 90 percent and above as compared to last year. But Tanisha Roy, a student of Tagore International School,Vasant Vihar “hopes that this year the cut off will be slightly lower atleast for humanities background students” because many students, according to her, “have not scored well.” She further adds that Delhi University must give preference to Delhi Students. She says: “It is unfair to us. Many state universities give reservations to local students...DU must also do the same. This will also keep a check on the sky high cut-offs every year.”  

Students are required to upload self attested documents with the online form. Here is the list of documents needed: class 10 board examination certificate; class 10 mark sheet; class 12 mark sheet; class 12 original certificate/ provisional certificate; character certificate (recent); SC/ST certificate (in the name of the candidate) issued by the competent authority; OBC (non-creamy layer) certificate (in the name of the candidate) issued by the competent authority; transfer certificate from school/college as well as migration certificate from Board/University are required from those students who have passed senior secondary exam from outside Delhi; at least two passport size photographs.

Apprehensions about CBCS

Students all across the country are very excited but there are apprehensions about the Choice based Credit based system launched last year. Mostly, students seemed confused about this new system. According to Saumya Madan, a student of DPS Dwarka, this is an “attempt to generalize students”. She intends to study Psycology hons and says complex subjects like psychology need in depth study and the new system is against this. “CBCS will be counterproductive for students in the longer run...What is the point of studying subjects which have no relevance to our core study?... There is simply no competition; you have grade points, instead of percentage.”