Stay, safety top con­cerns for DU’s out­sta­tion ap­pli­cants

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - Aashna Kapoor and A Mariyam Alavi htre­porters@hindustantimes.com

AD­MIS­SION This year, 43% of ap­pli­cants to DU col­leges were from out­side Delhi

Delhi Uni­ver­sity is home to best minds not only from Delhi, but also from all across the coun­try.

This year, out of 2,21,309 ap­pli­ca­tions that DU re­ceived, 1,24,626 ap­pli­cants are from Delhi. This means that over 43% of the ap­pli­cants are out­sta­tion stu­dents, who as­pire to be a part of the cen­tral uni­ver­sity. Though most of these out­sta­tion ap­pli­cants are from neigh­bour­ing states of Ut­tar Pradesh and Haryana, many stu­dents also come from dis­tant south­ern, north-eastern and western states.

“Last year, out of the 57,739 stu­dents who were ad­mit­ted to DU col­leges, 28,731 stu­dents were from Delhi,” said Ashutosh Bhard­waj, of­fi­cer on spe­cial duty, ad­mis­sions. The ob­vi­ous corol­lary was that over half of the stu­dents at DU were from out­side Delhi, he said.

Hin­dus­tan Times spoke to some out­sta­tion stu­dents, ap­pli­cants and their par­ents to fig­ure out what are the ma­jor con­cerns and ques­tions they have when seek­ing ad­mis­sion at DU col­leges.

“Safety is one of the ma­jor con­cerns that most par­ents have. The image of Delhi, es­pe­cially for those who are not from the city, is that it is a dan­ger­ous place. How­ever, we try to ex­plain that as long as stu­dents stay close to the cam­pus, there isn’t much to worry about. Es­pe­cially at the North Cam­pus, there are po­lice of­fi­cers, col­lege se­cu­rity guards, and night watch­men around, mak­ing it safer,” said Rizwan PS, a fi­nal year BA (Hon) stu­dent at Hindu Col­lege, who comes from Ker­ala and dou­bles up as the ad­min of a What­sApp group ini­ti­ated by a stu­dent or­gan­i­sa­tion called Yuva Samiti. DELHI

UT­TAR PRADESH HARYANA

BI­HAR RA­JASTHAN 1,24,626 64,557 39,870 11,199 10,472

It helps out­sta­tion stu­dents, who may not be able to visit the cam­pus or have easy ac­cess to rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion, clear their doubts.

Such What­sApp groups have helped many out­sta­tion stu­dents and their par­ents. Ishara Ahmed from Kar­nataka, whose daugh­ter is ap­ply­ing to DU, were at a loss for in­for­ma­tion as the In­for­ma­tion Bul­letin was up­loaded much later this year.

Some par­ents, how­ever, added that the rep­u­ta­tion of the col­lege and the op­por­tu­ni­ties their kids will be af­forded trumps such con­cerns.

“DU has an in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion, and our aim was to pro­vide my daugh­ter with the best ed­u­ca­tion. I have spo­ken to my daugh­ter and have ex­plained how she needs to take care of her­self and how she will need to be re­spon­si­ble for her own safety. She needs to be aware of where she is go­ing, with whom, at what time,” said Riju (name changed on re­quest) from Ker­ala whose daugh­ter is try­ing for ad­mis­sion to an Eco­nomics pro­gramme at a DU col­lege.

“Find­ing an ac­com­mo­da­tion was the most dif­fi­cult task I faced. Hos­tels didn’t have enough beds and find­ing a PG that was safe was a hard and ex­haust­ing job for both of my par­ents,” said Lo­lak­shi Ra­jlak­shmi, a Daulat Ram Col­lege stu­dent who comes from Mum­bai.

Ra­jlak­shmi is not alone in her con­cerns. “DU has max­i­mum 8,000-9,000 hos­tel seats, and fewer for girls,” said a DU of­fi­cial.

So, a lot of these out­sta­tion stu­dents rely on pri­vately rented and some­times ex­pen­sive, pay­ing guest fa­cil­i­ties while study­ing in DU col­leges. In the South Cam­pus, stu­dents may be able to find places that charge any­where be­tween Rs 6,000 and Rs 20,000 a month, based on whether they have an A/C, are pro­vided meals, and how many peo­ple share the room. In the North Cam­pus, it can cost any­where be­tween Rs 4,000 and Rs 30,000 a month. Another ques­tion that plagues many stu­dents is that of how they will adapt to a new city, the changed food habits, and meet­ing new peo­ple.

Food may be easily man­aged, as stu­dents may be able to find del­i­ca­cies from back home, in dif­fer­ent parts of the city. “Some even pro­vide tif­fin ser­vices,” said a DU of­fi­cial.

Some stu­dents have also raised con­cerns about trav­el­ling within the city. “I was un­aware about the ar­eas when I first came to Delhi and got lost many times. Auto driv­ers usu­ally sense that we are not from the city and try charg­ing more,” said Ka­mal Arora, a St Stephen’s stu­dent from Haryana.

How­ever, DU of­fi­cials have said these ques­tions can be laid to rest.

“It takes at least a month for even stu­dents com­ing from the city to ad­just to a new col­lege... Peo­ple in Delhi can be very wel­com­ing. Stu­dents adapt well and soon,” said a DU of­fi­cial who works with stu­dent wel­fare.

Stu­dents who have ex­celled in co-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties (CCA) such as sports, theatre, fine arts, de­bat­ing, cre­ative writ­ing, mu­sic or dance may find a spe­cial place at Ambed­kar Uni­ver­sity, Delhi (AUD).

The uni­ver­sity of­fers a few su­per­nu­mer­ary (ex­tra) seats for those who have great skill in these ac­tiv­i­ties. The ap­pli­ca­tions to these cat­e­gories will open on Fri­day. The on­line and off­line ap­pli­ca­tions to all un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes at AUD will close on Fri­day, af­ter which the stu­dents who have al­ready ap­plied can choose these CCA cat­e­gories.

Ap­pli­cants can down­load the CCA ap­pli­ca­tion from the web­site and sub­mit a hard copy of the com­pleted forms with rel­e­vant cer­tifi­cates of achieve­ments and port­fo­lio (if any) to the Dean of stu­dent ser­vices, AUD, by July 1.

Of­fi­cials said that ad­mis­sions un­der this cat­e­gory will be open only to can­di­dates who have al­ready ap­plied to AUD and whose names are not present in the first and sec­ond lists of the course/s they have opted for.

The first cut-off list is ex­pected on July 5. The sec­ond cut-off list is ex­pected to be re­leased on July 10. Au­di­tions for these seats will be­gin on July 11. Can­di­dates ap­ply­ing to the PG pro­grammes un­der CCA should ob­tain the min­i­mum el­i­gi­bil­ity scores in the writ­ten test and in­ter­view.

For both PG and UG, a weigh­tage of 30% will be given for in­ter­views con­ducted by the CCA/ sports panel and the re­main­ing 70% will be ac­cred­ited to the trial re­sult.

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