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DU doors shut? Still spoilt for choice

- New-age institutes offer variety of UG courses to beat cut-off block

Delhi University’s sky-high cut-offs have shut out thousands of undergraduate aspirants from other states, including Bihar, over the years but a clutch of new varsities in the capital has 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. The numbers suggest the cut-offs, and the number of those who don’t make it, would remain high.

But while the private institutes — located in Delhi and its neighbourhood — are an option, they may become meaningless for students who do not apply in time and wait till the Delhi University admissions process is over. Most of the other varsities receive applications by early June, while the deadline for DU is two weeks later.

Many of the institutes 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 students across disciplines,” said a senior official with the Amity educational group that runs the chain.

At Ambedkar University, admissions are on for undergraduate 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 looking for new-age courses such as BSc (honours) marine science, BSc (dental technology) or programmes in audiology and speech-language pathology can seek out Amity University. Its two campuses have introduced several such new programmes in the past few years.

Manav Rachna, for instance, is admitting students across seven disciplines. These include engineering, management, applied sciences, media studies, and international BPO and outsourcing courses.

Shiv Nadar University draws students who want to study technology. “We are mainly a technical university and offer engineering courses in various streams at the undergraduate level,” said vice-chancellor R.K. Chouhan.

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