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DU tweaks admission form

New Delhi, May 23: Delhi University has decided to stop listing colleges in its centralised admission forms and focus entirely on courses applicants wish to pursue.

The choice of selecting a college was removed last year after the varsity introduced its four-year undergraduate programme. But when the admission guidelines were introduced earlier this month, DU made a provision to allow applicants to list colleges they wanted admission in.

Officials, however, said that opting for preferred courses would help students more as it would ensure they were eligible for admission to as many colleges as possible depending on cut-offs.

“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, so they apply only to two-three colleges. We can’t predict cut-offs and when they are high, if they miss out on these colleges, nothing can help them.

“If we don’t keep the provision of college choice, we will have more problems in terms of data processing, but we feel this is for the larger benefit of the students,” said J.M. Khurana, the dean of students’ welfare of Delhi University.

He said several student groups had approached the university with such a proposal. The varsity, which has 77 colleges under it, is expecting over 3 lakh applications for 54,000 undergraduate seats.

According to DU officials, the number of courses being offered this year has gone up from 34 to 40. The varsity has scrapped entrance tests for English honours, Hindi journalism, social work and foreign languages such as German, Spanish, Italian and French.

There will be no interview for the year-old bachelor of management studies course. The university will come out with 10 cut-off lists between June 24 and July 27.