With the new four-year undergraduate programme, Delhi University bids goodbye to self-financed courses, a move that will lead to seats in these course to be done away with completely.
One such case is of the College of Vocational Studies, where 108 seats that were reserved for self-financed courses till last year will no longer be available. In total, nearly 400 seats may be scrapped.
According to the college principal, Inderjeet Dagar, these seats were never part of the strength supported by the University Grants Commission and hence, the college is free to do away with the courses and the seats under it.
“The BBE course was a self-financed course and the college did not get any grant from the varsity or the UGC for it. The seats under the course were never part of the sanctioned strength. We have done away with the seats and have also managed to protect the workload of our teachers,” Dagar said.
DU officials agreed with principal Dagar.
According to them, the self-financed courses were the prerogative of the colleges which a UGC scheme made possible. Colleges could start a few self-financed courses, the UGC or the university would not fund them and neither would the college be allowed to hire permanent faculty for it. The fee for these courses was much higher than in the rest of the courses. If a college wants to do away with these courses and the seats, they can, as the seats were not sanctioned by the varsity or the UGC in the first place. The sanctioned strength, therefore, remains untouched at 54,000.
A number of colleges were running self-financed courses such as BBE. While six colleges that had the BBE course have now been given the permission to start a course in management studies, the others may also follow suit and do away with these seats.
At SGND Khalsa, for example, self-financed course seats have been done away with. Since the college has so far not been granted permission to start the new BMS course, the 40 seats they had kept aside for it may now have to be re-appropriated in other courses.