Eighteen-year-old Saurav Choudhury, who travelled from Anusol district in West Bengal, “rejigged” his plan each day — hoping that the first list for the BTech course would come out. “I will wait for three more days and if the list is not out, I will have to reconsider my options. St Xavier’s, Kolkata, will release its list on June 2 and I cannot miss that,” Saurav, who scored 94 per cent in his boards, said.
Students who travelled alone found it hard to find accommodation each day.
“I arrived in Delhi five days before the first list was to be announced. My accommodation at a government guest house was booked for just a week and now it is getting very difficult to find another accommodation,” Rajeev, from Mumbai, said.
Students were seen waiting outside colleges each day, hoping that the list would be released. Those who had applied at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) were left flummoxed when the college put up its cut-off list, only to remove it an hour later.
S Lubaib from Calicut, who scored 99.25 per cent, spent the last few days outside SRCC from 9 am to 5 pm before going back to his hotel. “I cannot go back home. I applied only to DU as I was confident that my marks would be enough to get into a good college. I came with a plan, but with all the commotion my plans have been bulldozed. I don’t even know who to blame,” Lubaib said.
Students also lost faith when ‘news’ about the admissions turned out to be mere ‘speculation’.
“I remember one of the student leaders telling me the V-C had resigned and that admissions would begin soon, only to tell me hours later that he had not resigned after all. Since then, I stopped believing what anyone said about admissions,” Gaurav Dhanawat, from Assam, said.
Some students, like Karan Mahanta from Assam, spent their time trying out the ‘spicy’ Delhi food.
“What else was there to do? The protests and demonstrations were ‘entertaining’ for a while, but it all seems like a big joke now,” Mahanta, who has already spent more than Rs 15,000 on food and accommodation alone in the last week, said.
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