Most colleges relied on their volunteer base to help the applicants, especially the outstation ones. “The server crash send the applicants and their parents into a tizzy. Our volunteers stepped in to help them finish the process,” said Divya Sihag, the students’ union president of Gargi College. “Students came in a large number in the afternoon, which extended the process to a little more than expected,” said a volunteer at Miranda House.
However, applicants were anxious to finish the process within the short deadline after the loss of a day. “We have already come twice from Gurgaon as the provisional certificates are not being accepted by the authorities,” said Anjana Bhowal, mother of an applicant at Kamla Nehru College.
A bigger crowd also meant that the colleges had to deal with delays in completing the process. Shakuntika, from Uttar Pradesh, was anxious about the amount of time the process was taking. “I have been waiting here since 9.30am. It’s been more than two hours but things are not moving quickly,” she said at Miranda.