Getting through to colleges of Delhi University is a dream for most students. But for some, it soon turns to a bitter reality when they are unable to follow the classes, which are in English.
A course in English Language proficiency, designed by the Institute of Life Long Learning (ILLL) could help these students overcome this problem.
The course, which is already available in 17 colleges of the varsity, will be expanded to 25 colleges this year.
"A lot of students, who are very otherwise bright, have problems in comprehending and writing English. It has been quite popular and so, we have decided to increase the number of centres from this academic year," said AK Bakshi, director, ILLL.
Some of the colleges which will offer the course from this year are Acharya Narendra Dev, Deen Dayal Upadhayay, Kalindi, Maitreyi and Shahid Sukhdev College of Business Studies.
The fee structure for this 100-hour course has also been revised. Others such as Hansraj, Dyal Singh, Ram Lal Anand (Evening), Satyawati (Evening) and Campus of Open Learning already offer the course. A candidate opting for this course has to pay Rs 3,000 this year as compared to Rs 2,500 till last year.
This year, the course will also have an additional level. "Till last year, we offered the basic and intermediate level but this year we have upgraded to the advanced level," added Bakshi. The basic level focuses on developing day-to-day social communication, which includes grammar and vocabulary.
The intermediate level teaches students to conceptualise. For example, they are asked to comment on a short piece.
The advanced level, which is the latest addition, will help improve the writing skills of students.
"All the three levels will train the student to think, formulate and write sentences in English," said Payal Nagpal, Academic Secretary, ILLL.