NEW DELHI: No seats will be added in Delhi University this year as the humanities and science courses that were to start in some colleges have been put on hold after the University Grants Commission (UGC) asked them to start them on a self-financing mode.
Even the Delhi government colleges have been asked to put the process on hold.
The courses are new in some colleges and may already be offered in other colleges. There are at present 54,000 seats in 63 DU colleges and the new step would have added more than 2,000 seats.
These courses were approved by the admission committee last year but they could not be introduced as the admission process had already started.
“The university could not allow self-financing courses to be started in DU colleges. So the introduction of the courses was put on hold,” said a senior university official. For taking admission in a self-financing course, the students would have to pay a lot more than the normal fee paid for similar undergraduate level courses in DU.
The courses that were approved were Political Science in St Stephen’s College, BSc (Hons) in Physics at Daulat Ram College, BA (Hons) Sociology and Geography at Indraprastha College for Women.
Kalindi College was to start honours courses in Botany, Zoology, Chemistry and Geography. Similar such approvals were given to nearly 20 other colleges.
“We are hoping these issues would be resolved and we would be able to start it from this year. We have already written to Delhi government with certain queries,” said GK Arora, principal, Bhim Rao Ambedkar College.