Delhi University admissions: The number of students applying for Delhi University’s undergraduate courses have declined this year, despite longer registration window, an Indian Express report has said. The registration process that ended on June 12, saw nearly 2,07,751 applicants for the 54,000 seats in 61 colleges as compared to 2,50,914 aspirants last year. Officials of the university blamed this dip on technical glitches on university’s website as also delay in declaration of the board results.A senior official, while speaking to the paper, said that different tabs to fill academic details and marks were closed during initial days,which might have impacted applications.
While the university received applications from across the country, most number of applicants are from Delhi, followed by Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. As many as 33 people have applied from Andaman and Nicobar Islands. As in previous years, BA Programme, English (Hons) and BCom programme were the most sought-after courses. These subjects are popular among students as they can apply irrespective of their stream. “As most students who apply have studied English, they tend to apply for the subject along with others,” said Amrita Bajaj, deputy dean, students’ welfare was quoted as saying by the paper.
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Among above courses, BCom (Hons) and Economics (Hons) also saw several applicants. BA (Hons) Journalism also emerged as a popular course this year. The university received 76,154 applications for the course, which is offered in just five colleges of the Delhi University. The board-wise application also reflected the poor pass percentage of some state boards. The Bihar Board, which had a poor result in class XII, saw a decrease in applications to 3,192 from 4,375 last year. Applications from Punjab also fell to 269 from 356 last year.