DU website crashes; chaos, protests on first day of admissions
The Delhi University admission process on Monday started amidst chaos with the varsity`s website crashing and the admission centres witnessing crowds, mismanagement and even protests.
New Delhi: The Delhi University admission process on Monday started amidst chaos with the varsity`s website crashing and the admission centres witnessing crowds, mismanagement and even protests.
Daulat Ram College (DRC), one of the centres in the north campus, stopped selling the forms for a few hours after the staff faced protests for distributing the forms at the college gate and not allowing the admission-seekers to come inside the premises.
Following the protests, the Daulat Ram College stopped selling forms but resumed it after a few hours.
Similarly, Shahid Gurudev Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College was overcrowded with admission seekers.
The forms are available between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 18 centres across Delhi, while students can download the forms on the university`s website 24 hours a day.
But with the univesity`s website not working since Sunday night, most of the students flocked to the centres to collect them.
"The online forms are not trustworthy as the process is very slow. So we have decided to come here and buy them," Vidya Anand, who came from Chandigarh, told IANS.
The forms cost Rs.100 for students under the general category. For those belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the OBC community, the forms are priced at Rs.50 only.
"There are no arrangements for anything this time. Neither are there tents, nor drinking water facilities. Like last year, the administration has not provided any facility," Lokesh Chugh, secretary, National Students Union of India, told IANS.
Besides, many students groups are also staging protests against the four-year under-graduate programme and burning effigies of Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh.
Compared to the north campus, the admission process at the south campus was smooth without any hassles.
Delhi University is conducting the admission process for 54,000 seats in 61 colleges, while St. Stephen`s College, Jesus and Mary and Lady Irwin College are conducting separate admissions.