New Delhi: With admission season set to
begin tomorrow, the DU administration wants to ensure the
campus is safe for the large number of students flocking it
and that no untoward cases like molestation or chain snatching
Thousands of students are expected to descend upon the
Delhi University campus over the next 15 days and varsity
officials say law and order is one of their priorities.
"In collaboration with Delhi police, we have taken
several steps to ensure that no untoward cases are reported,"
Dean, Students Welfare, S K Vij said.
He said requisite measures will be taken by security
personnel to ensure the admission process is smooth as always.
The University campus spread across North and South
Delhi will see security personnel in plain clothes deployed to
monitor all areas while mobile pickets will also be in place.
"The police will be active. We do not want any instances
of molestation of women candidates or cases of chain snatching
at the campus," he said.
He said if need arises, the administration will also
install CCTV cameras at places that it feels are sensitive.
Officials said though cases of molestation during the
time of admissions are rarely reported, the administration
does not want to take any chances with security and the
students should in no case feel insecure.
With heat at its peak, the administration is also
advising students to take all requisite precautions and not to
be in a hurry to submit forms.
"They have two weeks at hand to submit forms. Given the
extreme heat conditions, we advise them to wait for some time
for the weather to be better," Vij said.
Moreover, the students should also be careful to carry
enough water with them as well as umbrellas and sunglasses.
"They should not suffer heat strokes. They should also
wear clothes protective enough against the sun," Vij added.
The process of admissions for the 54,000 seats in the
University`s colleges is set to begin tomorrow and the last
date of sale of forms and the deadline for submission of
completed application forms is June 11.
The University has added 5,000 seats to its last year`s
kitty of 49,000 this year, completing the process of
implementation of the 27 per cent OBC quota.
The Proctorial Board met concerned University and police
officials on Monday to discuss security and related
arrangements for the smooth conduct of admissions.
The Centre`s in-charge have been asked to keep in touch
with the Station House Officers of their respective areas to
make sure that security arrangements are satisfactory.
Police pickets would also be strengthened at all women`s
hostels, the University has said.
The first admission list will be out on June 22 and three
subsequent cut-off lists will follow on June 26, July 1 and
July 6. The forms will be available across 16 centres in the
The University helplines put in place to help students
sort out their queries have been ringing non-stop since the
CBSE results were announced.
Four phone lines -- two each in the North and South
campuses -- are currently operational as helplines.
"Though we don`t have a record as such, one of the lines
did report as many as 700 calls on one particular day," a
University official said.
While hundreds of calls are answered on phone lines, the
web chat that DU has introduced this time has also been a
hit. Under this students are allowed to interact with experts
online who answer their queries on admissions.
"In some instances, over 500 questions have been asked
in one hour at the web chat. It being difficult to answer all
of these, we posted the responses on the websites later," the