Delhi University’s Student protest broke out on Thursday against Delhi University upcoming plan to make the admission process online of UG program. According the protester, this process would restrict those students for applying who belongs to resettlement colonies, rural areas, BPL families and have limited access of Internet. In this regard, Student’s delegation and members of the Students Federation of India (SFI), met the Dean of Students’ Welfare after staging of a protest at the varsity’s Faculty of Arts on Thursday.
To formulate the admission policy, a 24-member committee compromising of deans of faculties of Arts, Commerce and science, principle of nine colleges and members of the executive and academic councils has been constituted by the university.
A committee member told media “The committee members have recommended that the admission process should go entirely online. Last year, the varsity had attempted the same but offline admissions also continued as there were concerns from parents and students about the feasibility of the process,” “However, even UGC has given the go-ahead for the same and the process has been already tested so the admissions are likely to be completely online from this year,” he added.
One of the student protester said to media “The number of applicants for DU’s undergraduate seats keeps on increasing every year and limiting the admission process to just online form will restrict access who have limited access to Internet. The interaction an applicant normally has with student organisation representatives during the admission process forms an integral part of their initiation to the university life and is crucial in solving many of the queries related to the courses and colleges.”
The university authorities, however, said the plan is being considered following a communication from University Grants Commission (UGC) to all Central universities asking them to “put in place an online admission system for all the programs offered as it will ensure greater efficiency and promote transparency.” A senior university official said, “The process is being considered because of the directives from UGC. However, we are taking note of students’ concerns and the final policy will be decided accordingly.”
The admissions will start from May. DU admits 54,000 undergraduate students in various courses across over 60 colleges.