Delhi University will continue accepting both online and offline applications for its undergraduate admissions even though there was a proposal that the process be brought completely online. A 23-member committee set up by the varsity to look into the process of admissions to the various undergraduate courses for the academic session 2015-16 was of the opinion that it should be made online, like the way it is for DU's post- graduate courses.
However, in light of concerns raised in several quarters, the varsity has decided to stick with the system of both online and offline applications, sources said. "The admission process will not be completely online. It will be very much on the lines of previous years and will continue to be offered in both modes," they said.
"Overall, there will not be much deviation in the admission process from the previous pattern and no major changes are expected," the sources added. The committee, comprising the registrar, deans of various faculties, principals of various colleges and DU's Academic and Executive Council members, had last week submitted its recommendations.
Although DU had introduced centralised online registration forms for the first time in 2012-2013, it had continued with the offline centralised OMR registration forms. Only the post-graduate admissions were so far being done exclusively online. Concerns were raised over whether DU's servers were equipped to deal with the huge traffic that the online undergraduate admission process would generate, the sources said.
Also, it was felt that students from economically-weaker sections may not have access to the necessary infrastructure to take advantage of the online application process, they added.
"Since the admissions will continue in the offline mode as well, the committee's recommendation to do away with the printing of prospectuses cannot be implemented," the sources further said. The varsity, which enrols 54,000 students every year in the various undergraduate courses being offered at its over 75 colleges, sells over 2.5 lakh prospectuses every year. The admission committee had recommended that doing away with prospectus printing will help the varsity save trees and cut costs.
The sources, however, said that "the committee's recommendation for reducing the time-frame of offline applications and increasing that for the online mode is being considered and is likely to be accepted".
Another major proposal was for a centralised policy for sports quota admissions with the committee saying that instead of colleges conducting separate fitness tests for admissions under sports quota, the same should be centralised and conducted by the university.
The final admission policy is likely to be notified this week. The admission process is expected to begin from June 2 and would be winded up by August 14.