Delhi University: Going to college a ‘distant’ dream | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: To maintain social distancing, Delhi University is planning a set-up where students will complete their entire admission process online and they will not be required to visit the college campus even for document verification. DU college principals say that the “ambitious idea” can be implemented this year in the wake of the novel coronavirus crisis.
“We want to make sure that minimum students travel and reach colleges. We have thus suggested a plan where applicants will have to upload the soft copy of all the mandatory documents online, select colleges, get online verification of their documents done and get provisional admission,” said a member of the DU’s admission department.

According to Vibha Singh Chauhan, principal of Kirorimal College, “the systems have to be readied before going ahead with the plan, but the process is possible.”
“While most certificates are verified online, there are only a few certificates original documents of which are required for forensic checking. That can be done after the session starts. The certificates can even be verified online by asking the students for proof. In case of doubt, a few students may be called to the college,” said the principal. “OBE experience will help us in online admissions,” she added.
Bijay Laxmi Nanda, acting principal of Miranda House College, however, said that the colleges were still waiting for a policy from DU in this regard. “But we are in a situation where we will have to do it for the greater good.”
She added that DU would come out with plans to provide more accessibility for students, especially those not with internet accessibility.
DU has also suggested a plan to set up a team in each college for counselling through e-modes, such as Zoom. However, many have raised doubts over this.
Former academic council member, Pankaj Garg, stated that “no amount of online counselling can be a substitute for face-to-face interaction between students and teachers before admissions.”
Former deputy dean of the students’ welfare department, Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, who has conducted several counselling drives and open days in DU, said that “e-modes were always in use where we used telephonic conversations and interactions on e-mail to dispel doubts and give suggestions to students, but it is always better when students and teachers meet each other.”
Hindu College principal Anju Srivastava said that “while face-to-face interaction is better, we are in a situation which demands that we avoid that and look at ways to reach out to students.”
So far, DU’s admission process has been mostly online with students only coming to colleges to get their documents verified and to get admission approval after meeting the cutoff. College campuses then witness a huge crowd with the students coming from across the country.

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