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Gauri Kohli, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, May 14, 2013
Offering a range of interdisciplinary elective courses and applied courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with multiple exit possibilities, Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) allows students to graduate after three years with a single major or after four years with a dual major.


Courses and eligibility
The School of Undergraduate Studies (SUS), offers seven BA honours degrees in economics, English, history, mathematics, psychology, sociology and social sciences and humanities.

In the academic year 2013-2014, the current final-year batch of undergraduate students can apply to stay for an additional year and get a double or dual major degree from the university. Students who have scored minimum 50% marks or equivalent in 10+2 from a recognised board are eligible to apply to undergraduate programmes. For majors in economics, English and mathematics, there are further eligibility requirements specified by the university. Eighty-five per cent seats are reserved for Delhi students. There will be 245 seats on offer for all BA programmes in 2013-14.

A lot on offer
Undergraduate students are expected to complete requirements for their degree by earning credits within three types of courses: foundation courses, discipline courses and special interest courses. “In 2013-2014, discipline courses will also include political science. The number of courses being offered under foundation and special interest categories will also be increased. This will enable students to have a wide variety of courses to choose from,” says Geetha Venkataraman, dean, SUS.

Several special interest courses involve hands-on training, teaching in a workshop mode as well as linkages with industry. Courses also involve field trips. “Pedagogy at AUD stresses on developing reading, writing and presentation skills. Group work in the form of presentations is encouraged. A continuous assessment policy means that learning takes place in a paced manner throughout the semester.

Students at AUD can also participate in work and earn programmes, which allow students to participate in on-campus jobs,” adds Venkataraman.

A 40-room hostel facility for women students is expected to be available from 2013-2014. The university is also considering ways and means to enhance facilities for students from outside Delhi.

What’s in it for you
According to Venkataraman, “An undergraduate degree at AUD seeks to offer a liberal arts education while at the same time keeping in mind that every undergraduate must have knowledge within discipline domains, must be able to analyse and critically engage with problems, should have requisite quantitative, analytical and computer based skills and should be well-equipped to read, write and communicate.”

The most sought after courses at AUD are economics honours, English honours and psychology honours.

Admission process
Just as last year, this year’s admission process is also paper-less. AUD will only accept online applications. Payment can be done online, through demand drafts as well as at the cash counter on AUD campus. On-site computer facilities will be made available for making online applications. Student volunteers will be there to guide prospective applicants. Online applications for BA honours programmes will be available from May 27, 2013 till June 22, 2013. 

Admission schedule
* Application window: May 27 to June 22, 2013
* Announcement of first list: July 1, 2013
* Announcement of second list (if any): July 5, 2013
* Announcement of third list (if any): July 11, 2013
* Orientation for the new batch of students: July 30, 2013
* Deadline for all UG and PG applications: June 22, 2013

For more details, visit the university website http://aud.ac.in/