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Time & money go down drain

Students shout slogans during a protest on the Delhi University campus. (PTI)

New Delhi/Patna, June 25: Students from Bihar and Jharkhand aspiring to take admission in Delhi University are facing uncertainty and a drain of their resources following the face-off between Delhi University and UGC over introduction of four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).

Many had left for Delhi with their parents anticipating an early counselling date in various colleges of the university. Now, with colleges postponing the dates, they are uncertain if they should stay on or return to their homes until fresh dates are announced. Not only their time, but also money of the students is being wasted since there is no information when things would settle down.

Pulkit Dayal (17), who has passed from DPS-Patna, reached Delhi on Tuesday. “On Monday night when I was in the train I came to know about all the DU-UGC conflict through a relative. I am now in a fix. Sometimes we are getting news that after a week, the cut-off lists would be announced, whereas some are saying that it would be done on Monday. I am here with my father who runs a business at Kadamkuan. We are staying in a hotel and a lot of money and time are being wasted. The Delhi University website has no information regarding this.”

Same was the opinion of Vijay Bhaskar (18), the St Michael’s High School topper, who reached the national capital with the hope that he would get admission but the stalemate came a cropper in his big dreams. “I had come with my father with the thought that I would get admission in Delhi University. On the contrary, there is no certainty when it would be done. My father is a businessman and he has wasted his valuable time already,” Bhaskar said.

Prashasta Singh, who cleared Class XII from DPS-Patna is in Delhi since Monday night. His father has accompanied him.

Prashasta said: “We have no clue when the procedure would start. I had come here with the hope to take admission but the list was not out till Tuesday. My father and I are staying at a relative’s place but we would shift to a hotel soon.”

If students from Bihar were feeling helpless, those from Jharkhand, too, had the same feeling.

“I am feeling like a football being kicked around by people at the helm of affairs. Since yesterday, I have been running around from one college to another to know exactly what the status of the admission is but authorities say they are as clueless as we students are,” said Saroj Sharma, a Delhi University aspirant from Ranchi as she hopped from one college to another in the north campus today.

Amid admission freeze on day two, there were hundreds like her who had gathered at the colleges to find out when the cut-off list would be published and when will the admission process begin. There were scenes of utter chaos at most of the colleges even as authorities asked students to go “home” and “follow the news” till the air is cleared rather than descend at the university.

“Please go to your places and wait patiently. There is no point in hanging around here. We will announce it through media as soon some decision is taken,” an assistant professor at Hindu College was heard telling a large group of admission seekers as they demanded to know whether FYUP will continue and in case it was altered whether it will affect the cut-off marks for various subjects.


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