New Delhi: Delhi University might start
the process of offering and accepting forms online from next
year, thus easing out the admission process problems of
thousands of outstation students.
The University now has enough bandwidth to make this
possible, but the problem is the largescale construction work
that is on, particularly on the roads, that might make the
process of laying down cables a time-consuming job, Vice
Chancellor Deepak Pental said here on Tuesday.
Thousands of outstation students seeking admission to
the University have to camp in the capital when the admission
season begins, to personally purchase and submit forms.
There has been a growing clamour in recent days for
making admission forms of DU available online.
"We have one Gigabyte of band-width now which is good
enough but the roads in the campus are all dug out. I strongly
hope next year students will be able to fill forms online
though we cannot promise this as yet," he said.
He said the project to put the University on `e-mode`
has been given to Wipro after a year-long process of inviting
tenders and negotiating.
"We want to put the whole student cycle on e-mode, so
that a student is assigned a number when she enters University
and all her processes -- from admissions to results -- are
carried out under that number," Pental said, answering queries
from children and parents at an interactive session.
He also said that the face of the University will
completely be transformed in the next five years as a lot of
development work is being carried out under the Rs 1,300 crore
He also sought to dispel the notion that colleges in
the North campus were best to study at, and advised students
to go for the subject of their choice rather than the college.
"All colleges have the same infrastructure, and even
the colleges which are not as famous have very good faculty, a
young faculty," he said.
The interactive session was presided over by former
Union minister and BJP MP Vijay Goel, who handed over a
memorandum to the VC demanding that a debate be held on the
issue of giving some kind of preference in admissions to
students from Delhi over those coming from outside.
As the demand was echoed by some assembled students,
the VC said giving any kind of preference was against the
tenets of a Centrally-funded University, and was
constitutionally not viable.
"There are so many students who come from distant
places, ST students who come in search of education. They
equally deserve to study in the University and this composite
set up is an advantage to the institution," he said.