New Delhi: It was not just the cut-offs which kept Delhi University aspirants worried but also the university’s website which crashed on first day of the admissions playing a spoilsport in DU’s maiden effort at making the entire admission process online.
The university authorities said they are aware of the issue and are looking into the problem.
The university had announced its first cut-off late last night and the applicants had to first study the list, then select course and college on the admission portal for an admission slip and lastly approach the respective colleges with the slip and other required documents.
However, the website crashed early morning itself rendering aspirants helpless who rushed to colleges to seek alternative options but the efforts went in vain.
“The website isn’t working and I went to college thinking they will allow me to take admission since I am eligible as per the cut-off but I was told that the slip is mandatory,” said Nasreen Ghai, a B.Com aspirant at SRCC college.
Tanuka Dua, who accompanied her daughter to Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR) said, “It is a tedious process to generate an admission slip online, I had managed to do so but couldn’t take a print out as the portal then crashed but I took a screen shot. The college authorities did not accept it”.
This is for the first time that the university has introduced full-fledged online admission procedure for undergraduate (UG) admissions unlike previous years when it used to be both online and offline.
When contacted, Kirti Ranjan, Officer on Special Duty, Admissions, said, “The technical team has been monitoring the server and few glitches were reported. We are looking into it”.
Few colleges helped applicants and allowed access to their computer laboratories but the website continued to trouble them. The university had received 2.5 lakh applications for the 54,000 seats in 63 colleges.
In a major shift from previous years, no DU college has kept the ceiling at 100% in the first cut-off list, however, the required percentage soared at almost all the colleges.
The highest cut-off for the academic session has been announced by Ramjas college at 99.25% for BCom Honours, 98.75% for BCom and 98.5% for Economics Honours.
The cut-off for Hansraj College has remained unchanged across stream with Eco(H) being the highest at 98%.
Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), ranked among the best in the country for higher studies in Commerce and Economics, announced its cut off at 98.25% for Economics Honours and 98% for BCom Honours.
The students have three days to take admission under the first list following which the next cut-off list will be released.
DU had announced this year that it will only release five cut-offs unlike previous years when the varsity issued up to ten cut-off lists.