Getting admission in Delhi University is not a child's play. To ensure that their child secures a seat, anxious parents and even families in some cases, tag along with aspirants. The reason is not only to ensure their safety but also to support their child through the fear of making it to one of India's premium universities. Sky-high cutoffs demand the moral support and presence of loved ones all the more.
Shipra Chaudhary and her father, A K Chaudhary, headed to Lady Shri Ram College straight from the railway station. While Shipra made her way in and out of rooms seeking admission in political science, her father took care of the bags and made sure his daughter ate well.
"I am a government employee. I took leave just to assist her with the admissions. I really want her to get through a good college," said Shipra's father. He said that he plans a revisit to the city the day colleges open their doors to the newly admitted students.
Shipra was not the only one who was accompanied by her guardian. Many, local students also came along with their parents.
"I came with my daughter just to ensure she is safe. Despite police presence I prefer keeping my child's security in my hands," said Sushila Saroha, who accompanied her daughter to Venkateswara College.
Amidst the competitive atmosphere of sky-high cutoffs, aspirants found abundant support from their siblings too. Shubha Sharma, seeking admission in Gargi College, had come with her mother and two sisters.
"We are here to help her out with the admission procedure. With such hiked cutoffs there is so much pressure on the child. It is not good for their morale as they have worked so hard for their board exams," said Lalita Sharma.
"Students are not confident regarding the admissions. Those with 60% or 70% have no place in Delhi University," said a disappointed Ritu Keshkar, mother of Himanshu Keshkar who accompanied her ward to Maharaja Agrasen College.
Many parents also went lengths to help their child get admission. Rubia Khanem had come with her father and grandfather. After realizing that they were missing a document required for her admission at Gargi College, Rubia's father went back home to fetch it. Some parents also insisted their daughters get through girls colleges. Tajwar Shafi, guardian of Afreen Qureshi, was particular that her daughter got through the Janaki Devi Memorial College.