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The DU admissions process for the academic year 2020-21 ends today. In the past few days, many candidates have complained that they are having difficulty in obtaining EWS (Economically Weaker Section)and OBC (Other Backward Caste) amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. They also claimed that the DU helpline phone numbers or the mail IDs are neither responsive nor of any help even when they reply.

A student stated that he could not get his EWS certificate for DU admission because the Sub-Divisional Magistrate’s office is not granting any documentation due to a high number of COVID cases in the area. He is a resident of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh and wants to pursue his graduation (UG) from DU. They straight away told him that they can not let anyone in, as there are too many cases around. They can only grant certificates after July 15. The certificate would be of no use to him as the admission process ends on July 4. He called the helpline and explained the situation and asked them if he can submit an income certificate. But they refused to accept anything but an EWS certificate.


Another student, resident of Shahdara, near Old Delhi, has to face the same problem. He has completed his BSc from IGNOU and wants to get DU admission for LLB. He has been trying to get the certified application for the past few weeks, but his request has been denied by the office every time. He is not even allowed to meet any of the higher officials.

He had even sent emails to the helpline but the replies seem to have been copied and pasted from the bulletin. When he asked them about what he should do if the SDM office is not granting certificates, they told him to submit the acknowledgment letter as per the instructions on the bulletin. But if he is not able to submit the application, how is he deemed to get an acknowledgment letter for that?


OBC candidates applying for DU admissions are facing the same problem. Amisha Nanda, an LLM student at Delhi University is spearheading an initiative to help candidates with the admission process. She proclaimed getting hundreds of emails and messages which say that there are long queues in front of the offices when opening on some days. On other days, the offices are not working except for essential obligations. How are the candidates supposed to get their documents together amidst this crisis?

As far as for the reservation certificates, it is mentioned that one can upload the old one for the time being. Candidates can even upload the slip of the new one for DU admission. There is no provision about those who are applying for the form for the first time. Or are failing to upload the application slip since they can’t even apply online for the EWS certificate. The concerned government offices with this work are always showcasing an attitude of red-tapism and finishing off the topic by stating that their offices are not working because of COVID.


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