If you have scored 96% in class 12 board examinations this year but less than 95% in accountancy, you may still not be good enough to get a seat in B.Com. (honours) at Hindu College.
The minimum eligibility criterion for admission in the course for commerce students is 95% in accountancy. The college has already notified this in the university’s information bulletin under the additional admission criteria.
This is for the first time that Hindu has decided to employ this stringent admission criteria and it is being done to get “qualitatively superior students”.
“We have only one section that admits just 62 students. Since the college is very popular, we want to try and get qualitatively superior students. We want to sieve out students who are not very good at accounts as there are about five to six papers on accountancy,” said Poonam Sethi, who has been teaching commerce at Hindu College for the past 17 years.
College principal VK Srivastava and media coordinator, Anju Srivastava could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.
According to Sethi, last year, the college received more than 700 applications from students who had scored above 95% in accountancy. “There are a large number of students who score high marks as accountancy is a high-scoring subject. There is no dearth of such students,” Sethi added.
But this news has left quite a few students dejected.
“I don’t believe it. I have scored 97% in the best of four subjects and have 94% in accountancy. If I don’t get admission in Hindu College even after scoring so well, then I don’t know where I should go,” said Shantanu Garg, an aspirant.
The topic has also seen a number of discussions on Delhi University’s Facebook page, with many students asking each other if the news was true.
“Hindu College will be empty this year. Good fun for professors,” said Shubham Nagar on the discussion board, implying that no student will be able to get admission because of the stringent admission criteria. None of the other sought-after colleges have such a criteria.
Course Profile BA (Hons) Political Science
A school curriculum is usually the foundation to understand the workings of governments, their ideologies and
national political structures better. But it is the exhaustive BA (Honours) Political Science course offered by DU that sees students make a career out of it.
The course spans 10 main political science papers, along with concurrent and interdisciplinary subjects. With foundation courses like colonialism and nationalism in India and political theory, students are given an insight into the founding pillars of political thinking in India.
It then moves on to higher, more intensive politics through Indian government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations and Western political thought in the next two years. This helps give the students a well-rounded exposure to political functioning across the globe.
“We study different philosophies like liberalism and Marxism which laid the basis of political science. In addition, there is an in-depth study of political structures in countries like USA, UK and Brazil,” said Raja Hussain, a student of Ramjas College.
“This is a subject which requires a student to apply his or her analytical skills, observe and analyse current affairs, read the newspaper and other journals which discuss politics in great detail. Such a study can hone your skills if you wish to pursue a specific field like international relations or civil services,” Hussain added.
“Political science is open to all students irrespective of the stream they chose in Class 11 and 12. But students who have the ability of critical thinking and analysis will do well,” said Ambar Ahmad, who teaches Political Science at Kamla Nehru College.
“After doing the course, students will gain the ability to understand everyday issues more deeply and will learn to form linkages between processes and events,” she added.
The scope of the subject is also very vast. “Students of political science can go in for further studies in diverse topics such as international relations, public administration, history and sociology. Sitting for civil service exams is also a popular option,” Ahmad added.
Other than this, some students also get jobs in organisations like the United Nations and others get involved in social work.
“There is no limit in terms of job opportunities when it comes to a student of political science. A political science student has all the opportunities that any other social science graduate does,” Ahmad added.
(Shaswati Das and Mallica Joshi)