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Entry rush for English

New Delhi, June 16: Over 2.7 lakh students have sought admission in Delhi University’s undergraduate courses, five times the 54,000 seats on offer, with English emerging as an unusual favourite this time.

The applications are for DU’s four-year course, under a cloud after the UGC dubbed it illegal following complaints from sections of teachers and students since it was started last year.

As the deadline ended this evening, offline (paper) applications stood at 1.25 lakh, DU officials said. The number was 1.5 lakh for online (Internet) registrations that will close at midnight.

The first cut-off list for the seats — spread across 70 colleges — will be published on June 24. The rush suggests the bar could go above those of previous years.

The officials said English seemed the most sought-after course this time with over 61,000 applications — almost 14 times the 4,362 seats — beating traditional favourites commerce and economics. Mathematics was next, with a similar application-to-seat ratio.

The admission process went ahead amid demands for the withdrawal of the four-year programme (FYUP).

Delhi University Teachers’ Association (Duta) announced a joint protest with students on June 21, the day DU’s academic council meets to approve new courses, including the FYUP that requires four years of study for honours degrees. The 2013 nod for the FYUP was for a year.

“While the UGC has deemed the FYUP illegal, the DU vice-chancellor (Dinesh Singh) wants to continue with this illegality,” said a Duta member.