DU cut-off 2018: Servers slow down on Day 1, students say unable to download application form

The first day of admission under the first cutoff list at Delhi University was marred with technical glitches, delays and confusions.

The first list of cutoff percentages was announced on Monday night, and students who make the cut have until Thursday to get their documents verified and the admissions approved.

On Tuesday, with servers slowing down, students and colleges were allegedly unable to access the registration forms needed to complete the admission procedure.

“We have been waiting since morning. The website seems to have crashed and we are unable to download the application form. But the college is saying we need it for admissions,” said Mamta Singh, a parent who had come to Miranda House for the admission of her daughter.

Similar situations were found at most other colleges, such as Hansraj and Kirorimal colleges, too. At Hindu College, a student volunteer, said that the servers had slowed down and was working intermittently. “We asked the applicants to keep trying until they could access it… This happens every year,” they said.

University officials have asked colleges to admit those students from certain boards that have not released Class 12 marksheets on the basis of provisional certificates and undertakings.

Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, the deputy dean of students welfare, did not respond to phone calls or text messages.

However, DU officials said that the number of admissions on the first day has doubled since last year. “Last year, we had 440 confirmed admissions. This year the number is 869 (at around 8pm),” said MK Pandit, a member of the DU admissions committee.

Suman Sharma, principal of Lady Sri Ram College for Women, said that they had an “unprecedented number” of admissions on the first day, and a second list seems unlikely for popular courses such as History (H), Political Science (H), Economics (H), B.Com (H) and Psychology (H).

At Miranda, the admission process went on till 5pm, and they completed admission to over 10%of the available approximately 1,000 seats.

At Shri Ram College of Commerce, the principal said that they did not face any difficulty with the portal, and continued the admission process until evening as they did not want to turn any student away.