With better arrangements in place and an army of volunteers assisting students, the second day of admissions at Delhi University (DU) turned out to be a smooth affair, with the 18 information centres selling more than 29,000 forms on Day 2.
There was a rush to buy admission forms online too, with more than 1,25,000 applicants registering on the website to purchase forms by 5.30 pm. Compared to last year, 25,000 more candidates purchased forms online on the second day this year.
Information centres also saw suitable arrangements in place in terms of assistance, seating and drinking water facilities compared to the first day, with helpdesks in various places and volunteers assisting students requiring help.
At Daulat Ram College, which witnessed serpentine queues and crowds protesting on Monday on account of forms being sold at the college gate, the college set up a shamiana with proper seating arrangements for students.
“While a total of 62,000 forms have been sold on the first two days offline, more than 64,000 students have registered online on Tuesday,” Malay Neerav, Joint Dean (Student Welfare) and media co-ordinator (DU), said.
The university has deputed 16 student-volunteers and 20 NCC cadets at various centres to field admission-related queries.
Daulat Ram College sold the highest number of forms (3,540) on Tuesday followed by SGBT Khalsa College (2,508) and Rajdhani College (2,385).
By 5.30 pm, more than 64,000 students had registered online and 20,000 had also paid the fees.
DU on Tuesday sent observers to all information centres to oversee the admission process. “A team of two-three teachers visited each of the information centres to make sure everything went smoothly. The team, comprising Deans, Deputy Deans and university teachers, will be stationed at these colleges now to oversee the entire process,” Neerav said.
On the first day of admissions on Monday, the DU website crashed, leaving applicants with no other option but to join the already long queues at the admission centres to collect forms.
Although the university started its online registration process at midnight on Monday, the website crashed soon after. This is the third consecutive year students encountered problems while trying to register online.