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Anticipating huge crowds, colleges in Delhi University had got their prospectuses printed a month in advance, fairly certain that admissions would take place under the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) this year too. But, with FYUP rolled back, and the university having to revert to the three-year format by Tuesday, when admissions are set to begin, many colleges have decided to do away with brochures completely and relay all information on their websites.
Other colleges, however, are working overtime, devising ways to improvise the document overnight.
“We had around 1,000 prospectuses printed for this year. But with the change in policy, they are as good as trash. If someone asks for it, we will provide them one, but the college will rely on giving out information through its website,” Shiv Nandan, a senior official at SRCC, said.
Others such as Daulat Ram, have been working overtime for the last 2-3 days to get the earlier documents “corrected” and “revised”. “We have figured out the corrections and sent the prospectuses to the printers for revision. Details about the additional eligibility criteria for this year will be added,” Daya Agarwal, principal of Daulat Ram College, said.
Hindu College in North Campus has already put up huge banners on its premises, instructing students about admissions.
Others such as Dyal Singh College (Evening) has decided to issue information bulletins. “We have rubber-stamped our prospectuses and announced that all references to FYUP in the prospectus should be ignored,” I S Bakshi, principal of Dyal Singh College (Evening), said.
Miranda House, too is sending out prospectuses with a 40-page errata. “The errata will contain detailed information about the courses we will be offering. All general information about the college can be found in the prospectus,” principal Pratibha Jolly said.
However, the last minute changes have led colleges to spend extra money from kitty. Cost of printing one prospectus ranges from Rs 50-150, depending on the quality of paper. Most colleges had ordered around 1,500-2,000 prospectuses for this admission season.
“It is a burden, but no one anticipated such major changes at the last minute. We have to do it in the interest of students,” the principal of North Campus college said.