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Queues vanish as online registration starts in DU; 66-year-old Nagesh Chaddha among aspirants
Its that time of the year when numerous students, who have just passed their class XII board examination, keeping their fingers crossed, apply for seeking admission in Delhi University – one of the most sought after universities in our country – for their bachelors program.

No wonder, the cutoffs of Delhi University (DU) are sky rocketing because we have students applying from all over the country.

Within a few hours of opening of the online registration for undergraduate courses on Monday, the Delhi University (DU) received about 6,300 applications. This is one of the major steps in easing the admission process for students. Before the online system came into existence, students had to stand in never ending queues for their admissions and it was a headache for the administration as well to tackle such a flow of students without any discrepancies arising.

BCom and BA (H) English remained the most sought-after courses and the online registration for 60 courses in 63 colleges began at 6.00 pm in the evening on Monday.

The varsity also held a ten-day counselling session in the north campus of the university, where a lot of aspirants came in with their queries. Among these aspirants, the most enthusiastic was 66-year old Nagesh Chaddha, whose a grandfather of three and a former employee of Life Insurance Corporation (LIC). Chaddha has already completed his Bcom from DU and also has an engineering degree from Fiji. Firmly believing that 'it's never too late to learn', Chaddha wants to enroll for English (honours) or the German language programme.

Talking about the discrepancies arising, the online system also comes with some flaws. The online application page: after going live received a lot of complaints. Several applicants complained that they could not access the page for several hours (it may be due to the peaking traffic that the site couldn't handle).

The University, however, said that they had received some feedback from last year's experience when the application process was made online for the first time ever and had made arrangements to have dedicated servers to ensure that the portal could handle the traffic. Nevertheless, the complaints kept on pouring.

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