New Delhi: As the debate continues over the new four-year undergraduate programme, the Delhi University on Wednesday sold over 42,000 forms on the first day of the admission process while over 7,000 students registered online.
Braving the heat, thousands of students queued up at the 18 colleges where the forms were being sold and submitted.
Traffic jams were reported at DU`s North Campus as eager students rushed to get their forms on the first day itself.
"42,860 forms were sold on the first day today. Out of which, 35,208 forms were of General and OBC category and 7,608 of SC/ST and Physically Disabled. Last year, the figure stood at approximately 30,000. The number of forms received manually at counters today was 3,724," Dean of Students` Welfare J M Khurana said.
"Likewise, the online registration has been welcomed by the candidates seeking admission in the Delhi University. At 7 pm, the number touched 7,385 which is almost three times that of last year. Candidates should make best use of online facility which is available 24 hours till the last day of registration of forms (June 19)," he said.
Meanwhile, a section of students complained that the website denied access once they clicked on the online registration link.
Deputy Dean of Students` Welfare Gurpreet Singh Tuteja said the students might have faced inconvenience for "a few minutes" as the server had slowed down after a large number of students tried to register at the same time.
"Around noon the server had slowed down for a little while as there were 34,000 people accessing the website together. We have the records...The online registration was working smoothly and there was never a technical glitch."
This year`s DU admissions are being held in the middle of a controversy as several academicians have raised objections to the new four-year programme.