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At UG level manual registration of students should be allowed along with digital registration
Prof. J.D. Agarwal, Chairman, Indian Institute of Finance has urged the government and the Universities to take immediate steps to allow manual registration of students at undergraduate level rather than only digital registration/payment by debit/credit cards, posting of photograph and submitting digital signatures.

This system although good in today's age, however, is proving to be disastrous for students of weaker sections not having exposure to digitalisation and those who are not able to fulfil the above mentioned conditions of digital registration. The system also acts in favour of less meritorious but those who have access to digitalisation.

Digital central registration for admission to undergraduate courses in some universities is against the interest of meritorious students who do not have access to computers, don't have credit/debit cards to pay fee, don't know how to upload photographs and also their digital signatures.

Dr. Agarwal feels that equal opportunity based on performance in public examination should be the basis of selection rather than access to digital technology. It has been observed that due to the digital registration adopted in DU many of the colleges are left with the seats not filled in various courses while the students are running from pillar to post and are feeling harassed and distressed.

Dr. Agarwal feels that both options of manual and digital registration should be followed simultaneously and it is the staff of the University/College which should convert manual forms to digital ones and enable students to fulfill their endeavour of pursuing their career.

If seats are not filled it would have a cascading effect on the workload and retrenchment of faculty, particularly adhoc faculty, underutilization of infrastructure and may result in social evil for so many young people neither getting admission in a college nor getting a job. The social cost would be too heavy.

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