The Delhi University has shifted its focus from colleges to courses.
It has decided to do away with the previous process of listing colleges in its centralised admission forms, days before the commencement of the admission process. The forms would now focus only on the courses students wish to pursue and not the colleges.
The choice of selecting a college in the optical mark registration (OMR) form was removed last year after the varsity introduced a four-year undergraduate programme. But when the admission guidelines were introduced earlier this month, the varsity made a provision to allow the applicants to enlist the colleges they wanted admission in. Officials, however, said opting only for preferred courses would help students more by allowing them to be eligible for admission to as many colleges as possible depending on the cut-offs.
J.M. Khurana, the dean of students’ welfare of the Delhi University, said: “It was decided that we should not restrict ourselves to colleges. It has been seen that many students think they will be able to meet the cut-offs and apply in two to three colleges. We can’t predict cut-offs and when they are high, students miss out on their preferred colleges and nothing can help them. If we don’t have the provision of college choice, we shall have more problems now in terms of data processing, but we feel this is for the larger benefits of students.”
He added that several student groups had approached the Delhi University with such a proposal. The varsity is expecting over 3 lakh applications for a total of 54,000 undergraduate seats this year. There are 77 colleges under the varsity.
According to the varsity officials, the number of courses included in this year’s admission forms have increased from 34 to 40, and the university has done away with entrance tests for English honours, Hindi journalism, social work, and foreign languages like German, Spanish, Italian and French. For the one-year-old bachelor of management studies (BMS) course, there will be no interviews this year unlike last year. The university will come out with 10 cut-off lists between June 24 and July 27.
After the BJP swept the polls with an overwhelming majority, a mood of uncertainty seems to have gripped the Delhi University (DU), with many wondering about the fate of the university’s four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).
While the university has expressed in clear terms that there was “no question” of rolling back the FYUP, the BJP leadership has refused to back down from its stand, saying that they would deliver on their poll promise and do whatever it takes to roll back the programme.