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DU task force clears air on 4-year degree

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 20, 2013
First Published: 23:33 IST(20/3/2013) | Last Updated: 23:35 IST(20/3/2013)

Delhi University task force members, who made the plan for the new four-year undergraduate honours degree, met students on Wednesday at a student parliament to give them information about how the new system will work.

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The system overhaul has aspirants, parents, teachers and counsellors in a fix about the new admission process. With most class 12 board exams already behind them, students are getting anxious because of the uncertainty that has come to surround DU admissions this year.

“We will not change the admission process. Admission will be on the basis of class 12 marks. For the courses that used to have admission tests, the same format will continue,” said DU south campus director, Umesh Rai.

Students who attended the student parliament asked questions about the course structure, increased cost of education due to the addition of one extra year and status of Hindi medium students.

Explaining the rationale behind the academic reforms, Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh said that the new system would give students the freedom to pick a subject of their choice with their main subject.

“There are subjects which a student has no interest in studying. The new system will not impose anything on the student. The programme will also equip students with skills that will help them in getting jobs later. Communication skills in both Hindi and English will be enhanced and students will be given hands-on experience,” he said.

The members of the task force also told students how in the new system, sports and co curricular activities, will be given special credit and they will not be forced to choose between academics and co curricular activities. The university starts selling admission forms by the first week of June every year.


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