New Delhi: Long queues, confusion over online filing of forms and protests against the four-year programme marked the first day of the admission process for undergraduate courses at the prestigious Delhi University.
As many as 32,460 forms were sold at 18 designated centres, while 2,345 online forms were submitted along with required fees. A total of 3,129 filled-up forms were received at the centres.
"A total of 32,460 offline forms were sold," DU's joint dean of students' welfare and media coordinator Malay Neerav said in a statement. Last year, 42,860 offline forms were sold in 12 centres across Delhi.
The University's website on which the online centralised optical mark recognition (OMR) forms were available, crashed in the morning. The technical problem was not rectified till the evening. Long queues were witnessed at all the 18 centres where forms are being sold.
Aspiring students along with their parents had to braved the hot sun to collect the forms. There were also complaints about mismanagement and lack of basic facilities like drinking water at these centres.
"It is so hot, but there is no arrangement even for water for people standing in the queues," Priyanka Sharma, who was queueing up at application form centre in North Campus of the university, said.
A total of 54,000 seats under the University's four year undergraduate programme is up for grab. The last date for submission of the forms is June 16.
A number of student organisations held protests at the university campus against the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).
Effigies of Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh were burnt by supporters of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at 14 centres demanding immediate rollback of FYUP.
Students and teachers also protested against reported replacement of the undergraduate degree programmes with diplomas and certificate courses in the School of Open Learning as UGC has raised objections about the dual degree status of the Honours degree programmes.