DU Admission 2020: Aspirants Struggle to Acquire Disability Certificate Amidst Pandemic
With only five days left to close the online registration process at Delhi University, students say they face a number of challenges in applying for admission, including obtaining disability certificates and uploading their music videos to the DU portal.
The main issue they raised was the issue of obtaining disability certificates, as OPDs in most government hospitals are shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic and are also afraid of visiting hospitals these days.
Some students asked whether Delhi University could accept certificates issued by private hospitals, but the varsity did not accept such certificates.
During Monday's webinar, many students asked: How do they obtain disability certificates for admission to the Benchmark Disability category?
Prof. Bipin Tiwari of DU Equal Opportunity Cell said that students can apply for certificates online and upload the receipt to the admission portal.
However, he added, at the time of admission, they will need a certificate.
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"Students should try and apply online for certificates, as certificates from district hospitals are acceptable.
Certificates from private hospitals are not acceptable. Students would have had some evidence under the category because they would have also shown some evidence for their Class 12 Boards, "Tiwari said.
He said the university would check if AIIMS could help them get the certificates.
Students also said that they were unable to upload their videos for admission to music classes.
Applicants will have to upload a seven-minute YouTube performance video this year and mark it as unlisted.
The Music Faculty Admission Committee will then shortlist the candidates for an online interview based on uploaded videos.
Shobha Bagai, Dean (Admissions), said the issue has now been resolved. She admitted there were problems, but the issues were resolved and the candidates can now upload their videos and share the link on the registration form.
The candidates said that there was a discrepancy in the way their name was written on their Class 10 certificate and on their OBC certificate.
"All applicants are advised to upload the correct certificates. If there is an error in their certificate, they will have to upload an affidavit containing the correct details.
It will be difficult for DU to verify the correctness of the name without an affidavit, "Bagai said.
The questions also concerned the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and the recent cancellation of the exams by the Central Board of Secondary Education.
The NIOS exams are scheduled to take place between July 17 and August 13. Students asked whether they would miss out on varsity admissions.
"There are constraints and whatever the University Grants Commission tells us we will abide by them.
Admissions depend on the results of Class 12, and if the results are declared by the time the varsity announces its cut-offs, the students will be eligible, "Bagai said.
Bagai said that if the results are delayed, it will be difficult to get an admission.
The senior official said that 1,000 registrations had been received for the second webinar and nearly 1,200 queries had been received through Facebook.
The Delhi University opened its online registration process on June 20 for admission and will continue until July 4.
Over 2,18 lakh students have registered for admission to the varsity, while more than 98,000 have completed the process by paying the fee.