Following Delhi University’s plan to make the entire admission process for undergraduate courses online, protests broke out among the students. They are of the view that it would restrict those students from applying who do not have access to the Internet. Every year the number of applicants for DU’s undergraduate seats keep on increasing and limiting the admission process to just online form will restrict access to a significant section of students who have limited access to Internet, students alleged.
Another reason quoted by the protesting students is that the interaction which the applicant has with student’s organization representatives during the admission process forms an integral part of their initiation to the university life and is crucial in solving many of the queries related to courses and colleges.
The admission policy for the upcoming academic session 2016-17 of Delhi University was framed by a 24-member committee, compromising of deans of faculties of science, commerce and arts, nine college principals and members of the executive and academic councils, constituted by the university. The admission process for the undergraduate courses will kick start from May 25, and will continue until June 14, 2016.
Instead of eight to ten cut-off lists being released every year, the varsity will release only five cut-offs this year on the basis of which students can seek admission in the associated colleges of the University of Delhi. The first cut-off will be released on June 22. This is being done so as to finish the admission process on time i.e. by August 21, 2016.
The plan to make the entire admission process ‘online’ this time has not gone down well with some students. The committee, following its two meetings, is believed to have reached a consensus on making the entire admission process online unlike last year when both the online and offline application systems were in place. A delegation of students, including members of the Students Federation of India (SFI), met the Dean of Students’ Welfare in this regard after the staging of a protest at the varsity’s Faculty of Arts.
The plan is being implemented following a communication from University Grants Commission (UGC) to all Central universities asking them to put in place an online admission system for all the programs offered as it will ensure greater efficiency and promote transparency. However, Delhi University is taking note of students’ concerns and the final policy will be decided accordingly.
The Online System is already in force for the PG courses offered by the esteemed Delhi University. While the admission committee was of the view that the process should be moved entirely online, following protests from a section of students and teachers, both online and offline applications were kept in place. But, the number of centres for physical application was reduced. Last year, the total number of applications received was over 3.2 lakh. Of these around 70 per cent were made online.