The University of Delhi on Wednesday announced the first list of seat allocations with the names of over 80,000 candidates for admission to various undergraduate programmes. While nearly 49,000 students have already accepted the seats allotted, some are apprehensive about it.
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The “process is complicated”, a student told NDTV and termed the current batch as “unfortunate” because of the CUET. “Due to the complicated Common Seat Allocation System portal, I couldn’t fill in my course and college preference,” he said.
“My CUET score was good enough for me to get into my preferred college but because of the new seat allocation system, I couldn’t keep a tab of the 3-phase admission process,” the candidate added, saying that earlier it was entirely based on the cut-off system and application for colleges was offline.
This year, the university is admitting students on the basis of their Common University Entrance Test (CUET) scores instead of Class 12 marks. On September 12, the university released the Common Seat Allocation System (CSAS), its admission-cum-allocation policy.
“We went through the entire CUET mess and after going through all that, the new seat allocation system is giving us sleepless nights. In the 3-phase process, I registered and applied for my preferred college and course and despite that, it’s not showing up on my portal. This new process is going to cost me an entire year,” said another student.
Questioning the newly-launched process, the student asked: “Was the whole CUET trauma that we went through worth it?”
Professor Haneet Gandhi, the Dean of Admissions at the university, however, termed the entire process “democratic and fair”.
“The entire process is democratic and fair; we reckon it’s a slightly complicated process and we had to prepare a lot for it but it’s fairer than the cut-off system,” she said.
“We cannot do anything about those students who have mistakenly not filled their college and course preferences, we do understand that it’s a new process, but we gave them enough time to revise and reorder the preferences,” Ms Gandhi added.
Admission through the new process is being conducted in three phases – submission of the application form, selection of programmes and filling of preferences, and seat allocation and admission. The students have been given a three-day window from October 19 to October 21 to “accept” the allocated seat. The colleges will then verify and approve the online applications by the students.
“So far we haven’t received many complaints on record, but students have come to the admission branch of DU and we are trying to address their grievances,” the Professor added.