Delhi University (DU) will be releasing the first cut off list for undergraduate admissions on October 12. To ensure smooth continuity of the first-ever online admission process no stones are left unturned. DU colleges are creating WhatsApp groups, the professors are forming committees, setting helpline numbers and making notes of potentially problematic areas. The objective is to ensure perfect digital coordination for the benefit of students without any vehement obstruction.
Statements of DU college principals regarding the admission process
There are more inclusion of teachers for the admission process this year. Hindu College Principal Anju Srivastava said, “Usually, admission is open from 9 am to 1 pm. But this time, it will be till 5 pm, so we will require a higher number of working people. Whether we will have teachers working from college or remotely, we will discuss. I would prefer if teachers are in college, but it will be decided through a consensus. For the OBE, we had a control room, but if no student is coming, it doesn’t matter where you are.”
While Hansraj college Principal Dr Rama said, “Most of our meetings are taking place online. Our department meetings have already begun to decide cut-offs. We will discuss in the Admission Committee if teachers will come to college or not. But we have already created WhatsApp groups of teachers for coordination. Every few days, they hold meetings via video conferencing, and it has been smooth till now.”
Aryabhatta College Principal Manoj Sinha said there will be department-wise committees of around three teachers to check if applicants have calculated their percentages correctly while claiming a seat. According to him the forensic verification of the documents is applicable only when the college reopens. If there is an error in any students verification and it is found out later they cannot take admission under later cut-off lists. So the committees from all departments will assiduously verify the documents and calculate percentages correctly as each cut off will release.
Shaheed Bhagat Singh College principal Anil Sardana talked about the issues that could arise in the online admission process and its solution. “There are likely to be problems with network and internet connectivity. The verification process after the cut-off list release is going to be done digitally this year, so we will be setting up helplines for the applicants. We will be conducting 60-70 admissions per department, and around 400 admissions in the commerce department. We hope the online verification will be done seamlessly, but in case there is an issue, the teachers will directly contact the applicants.”
SGTB Khalsa College Principal Jaswinder Singh said, “We will need to be more cautious in the admission of reserved categories. If the caste certificates are issued on a digital platform, it will be easier to verify. If they are not, we will have to take extra steps for verification.” Another issue, he said, could be in choosing elective courses. “I think for course combinations, teachers will contact students and give them a list of available elective courses. This will also be put up on the college website. Some general elective courses are very popular, some are not. So we will have to see how to allot these to students.”
Within one week the first-ever DU online admission process will begin, both the colleges and students are waiting in anticipation for the smooth running of admission process and the beginning of academic session 2020-2021.
Inputs: The Indian Express