It is something that Delhi University colleges were not prepared for. They had invited applications for a handful of seats that had remained unfilled after the fifth cutoff list, but they received a mind boggling thousands of applications.
Hans Raj College has received 84,000 applications for 50 seats, an average of 1,680 applications per seat.
Similarly, Ramjas College received 57,000 applications for 100 seats. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College has also received 37,000 applications for 25-odd seats.
For the physiotherapy programme, Lady Shri Ram College received 1,800 applications for just 6 available seats.
Although the colleges were supposed to issue the merit list by 5 pm on Wednesday, most of them were still wondering how to scan through so much of database and short list candidates on merit.
Anju Srivastava, principal Hindu College said, “We are working on the data. The numbers are huge. And we have to work out a merit list only based on the number of seats available.”
Kirori Mal College in the north campus is another college which has received 40,000 applications for 300 available seats under all categories.
What’s alarming in this scenario is that most of the applicants have already secured at least a seat in DU. These students applied to other colleges without withdrawing from their enrolled courses.