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DU cut-off too high? Delhi has new options

New Delhi, May 13: Delhi University’s sky-high cut-offs have shut out thousands of undergraduate aspirants from other states, including Bengal, over the years but a clutch of new varsities in the capital have drawn many with their professional and unconventional courses.

Sources said over 3.2 lakh students were likely to seek DU admission this year compared to 2.9 lakh in 2013 — six times the 54,000 undergraduate seats at the country’s most sought-after varsity. This suggests the cut-offs would remain high, as will the number of students who don’t make it.

But while the private institutes — in Delhi and its neighbourhood — are an option, they may become meaningless for students who do not apply in time in the hope of a DU seat.

While DU will receive applications till mid-June, most of the other varsities will close the process by the first week of next month.

Many have already started inviting applications. While the deadline is June 16 for Ambedkar University — under the Delhi government — it is June 6 for Shiv Nadar University in Greater Noida. For Amity University, with campuses in Noida and Manesar (Haryana), the last date is June 5.

Admissions are open in some others too, such as Manav Rachna International University, which has centres in Faridabad and Noida.

Most of these institutions offer an array of unconventional courses. Amity, for instance, offers programmes in “built environment” (real estate and construction), forensic sciences, and a combined course in politics, philosophy and economics that is referred to as PPE. “These courses draw a lot of students who want challenging career options and a good exposure. Aspirants can apply to Amity till June 5. We have two campuses with a total intake of around 11,000 across disciplines,” said a senior official with the Amity Educational Group that runs the chain.

At Ambedkar University, admissions are now on for courses, including (honours) in history, psychology, economics, English, mathematics and sociology.

Students keen on pursuing a career in foreign languages could apply to Jawaharlal Nehru University, which offers undergraduate courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Persian, Russian and Spanish.

Those eager for new-age courses such as BSc (honours) in marine science, dental technology audiology and speech-language pathology can seek out Amity University.

Manav Rachna offers undergraduate courses in seven disciplines, including engineering, management, applied sciences, media studies, and international BPO and outsourcing.