On Thursday, Delhi University’s faculty of arts hosted the second and final ‘Open House’, or counseling session, in South Campus. A panel of teachers answered students’ queries and problems related to applications for postgraduate courses offered by the university.
A PowerPoint presentation marked the beginning of the session, briefing students about the programmes offered by different faculties along with their eligibility criteria, registration deadlines and entrance test dates. Faculty members of different departments were present to address problems faced by students.
Apart from teachers, current students from various disciplines were also present at the session to give first-hand advice and information to the newcomers. Most students, it seemed, were apprehensive of the upcoming entrance exams for the courses.
Most of the questions, therefore, were regarding the format of question papers. Confused, others enquired about job prospects after pursuing the course they have applied to. Vanya Dhingra, an applicant to M.Sc. in Microbiology, too was concerned about her job prospects two years from now. “Is it necessary to pursue a Ph.D. after an M.Sc. to get a good job?”
She was promptly suggested that Ph.D. would indeed improve her chances of getting a good job. Malashri Lal, joint director-South Campus and member of English faculty, seemed content with the proceedings.
“I feel the session served the purpose it was designed for. We started this event last year and it has been successful both years. Right from working on the presentation, collecting information and checking their authenticity, a lot of time has gone into it and we are happy with the result.”
“The session was very well coordinated and most importantly was very informative. I came here to find out the number of seats and entrance exam dates for various courses and I have found all the information I was looking for and more,” said Neha Gulati, an applicant to M.A. History course. Post-session, members of the faculty were available for one-to-one counseling with students during refreshments.