Language study may be the rage abroad but for Delhi University hopefuls, it’s just another way of a securing a seat.
Students who have scored moderately in their qualifying exams are not taking any risks and are exploring various options such as applying to the four-year undergraduate programmes offered in French, German, Spanish and Italian by the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies.Jyoti Sharma, a science student, is unsure of her admission in a reputed medical school. As a result, she has applied to a number of courses in DU. "Studying French or German is not my first option but I don’t want to waste one year. This is why I have applied here," she said.
Yash Bhatt from Shahadara is also in the same situation. “I have secured 66% in the science stream and I will not get admission in the course of my choice. Studying French or German will at least help me get a job. But given an option, I would really like to study any subject related to science,” he said.
But for some, it is a case of choice. Nishchay Wadhwa from Dilshad Garden is one such applicant. “I always wanted to study Spanish. I took a year off and now I am prepared for the entrance exam,” he said.
MS Joshi, an associate professor at the German department, said the opportunities after studying foreign languages were vast and scope existed beyond the preferred German and French. “People have this misconception that only French and German have scope in terms of jobs and growth. Italian and Spanish markets are also expanding, creating more employment opportunities. Our students are rarely without jobs,” he added.
Students will have to undergo a language aptitude test on June 22; it will carry 30% weightage. Seventy per cent of weightage will be given to the best-of-four subjects secured in Class 12 board examinations.
To date, the department has sold around 2,700 application forms. The application forms are available at the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, Faculty of Arts, North Campus.