Delhi University's effort to give applicants an early start on the admission process began with its first Open Day at SGTB Khalsa College on Saturday. The counselling session, which witnessed a footfall of close to 500, had students approaching counsellors with a ton of queries. Here are some of the doubts that were cleared.
Is there any age bar for candidates applying to undergraduate courses?
DU does not refuse admission to any candidate on the basis of age. All applicants (irrespective of their age) are considered equal and are admitted on the basis of merit criteria of the current year.
Is the common admission form good enough for all courses and colleges?
Yes, the common form is sufficient for almost all colleges and courses except St Stephen's College and Jesus and Mary College, which follow a slightly different admission procedure. Candidates will also have to apply separately for courses with entrance tests and if they wish to get admission through sports/ECA quota.
Will DU implement semester system this year?
So far the university has approved the semester system for B.Sc (hons) courses and B.Sc programme only. For the science courses, the three years will be divided into six semesters and students will have 24 major papers, six minor papers and two inter-disciplinary papers. Any further changes will be notified on the website.
What happens to the OBC seats that fall vacant?
As per a Supreme Court order, all vacant OBC seats will open for admission to the general category students. But this will happen only after August 16.
Are there any scholarships available for students applying for science programmes?
The department of science and technology offers scholarship of about Rs 5,000 per month to those candidates who are among the top one percent of either Class 10 or 12 Board results and also to those whose name has appeared in the IIT-JEE extended list. But this is exclusively for candidates who are applying to the pure science courses namely, B.Sc. (Honours) in Physics, Chemistry, Zoology and Botany.