As aspirants struggle to connect with officials on admission procedure
Over the last 6 years, aspirants from over 95 different countries have sought admissions in Delhi University, according to the Foreign Students’ Registry (FSR) office. Over 498 foreign aspirants were admitted in the 2017-18 academic session. However, various foreign aspirants said that the services provided to them during the admissions “lacked satisfaction”.
Poor contact between departments/colleges and the FSR office and incompetent support system to assist the foreign aspirants in comply to a new city are the key issues which have pushed fellow aspirants to form associations to help each other.
FSR is the branch of Delhi University which takes accussation of all foreign admissions.
‘language barrier’ was sometimes an issue with the aspirants who could not speak Hindi, including those from non-Hindi speaking parts of the country, but assured that the staff at the FSR office communicated in English.
Help from embassy
Many aspirants have started awaiting on alternative channels to get through the admission procedure. Alieu Manneh, a student from Gambia, turned to his embassy for help.
“It was the Embassy of Gambia that helped me out. They informed me about the entrance exam dates and relevant deadlines.”
This vacuum of essential services created by the FSR office is being increasingly filled by aspirants groups created by senior aspirat.
Groups like ‘Delhi University Tibetan Students’ Union’ help new aspirants in the admission process by arranging forms, essential documents and temporary accommodation. They also arrange an array of events and orientation sessions to make new aspirants feel comfortable. They also reach out to aspirants from other countries who may not have a large enough population to start an association.
Social media platforms
These groups currently operate on social media platforms, contacting with aspirants via Facebook and WhatsApp groups, on which they regularly update group members about important admission deadlines in English and their native language.
Certain groups such as the Nepalese Student Association, Delhi University, (NSA-DU) had put forth requests for setting up a dedicated help desk near the FSR office to help foreign aspirants but did not receive a positive response.
On June 18, 2019, members of the NSA-DU met Ms. Rath to discuss the issues being faced by foreign nationals while studying in the university.
NSA-DU president Ananda Mishra that “Following this discussion, we have been allowed to form a group of 10-15 members, including foreign and Indian students, who will be assisting the FSR office during the admission process and making it easier and fun for freshers. We are extremely happy with this outcome,”.
Until 2017, foreign aspirants aspiring to study at DU had to submit their admission forms physically. Since 2018, however, an online registration system has been made available to them.