More seats will be up for grabs in Delhi University as some colleges will begin new courses this year, throwing open extra options for students.
At present there are 54,000 seats in 63 DU colleges and starting of new courses could add nearly 500 seats.
These are not new courses but different humanities and science courses already running in DU colleges. From this year, some more colleges will start these streams.
The colleges are awaiting the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) go-ahead.
Bhim Rao Ambedkar College will start history (hons), adding 40 seats to the existing 872. G K Arora, principal of Ambedkar College, said, “We come under Delhi government and we have all approvals. We will take applications for this course this year.”
Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College will start bachelor of management studies (BMS), and BSc (hons) in forensic science and computer science. In BMS, the college will take 46 students and 30 and 46 seats in forensic science and computer science, respectively.
The college is waiting for UGC;s approval. “We will start these three courses from the new session. We have approvals from the university and have written to the UGC,” said Jaswinder Singh, SGTB Khalsa principal.
Daulat Ram College will start BSc (hons) in physics, adding 46 more seats.
The UGC had written back to some colleges, saying the courses could be self-financing ones.
For instance, Indraprastha College for Women has approval to start BA(hons) sociology and geography from the university.
“There is still time and we hope we find some way to start the course. We will make some representations to the UGC,” said Babli Moitra Saraf, principal of IP College.
It is the same case for Kalindi College which was to start honours courses in botany, zoology, chemistry and geography.
“We have approvals from the university and its bodies but not from UGC. But we won’t do it till UGC clears it,” said Anula Maurya, Kalindi College principal.
Some colleges such as Aryabhatta are starting BA (hons) in psychology and BSc (hons) computer science. “We will rationalise seats from pass courses. Till last year, we were taking 60-70 students in pass courses. We will limit it to 50. The remaining seats will be distributed for new honours courses,” said Manoj Sinha, principal.
Courses and colleges approved by DU :
Aryabhatta College: BSc Computer Science, BA (hons) Psychology
Bhim Rao Ambedkar College: BA (hons) History
Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College: BSc Computer Science, Bsc Forensic Science and Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS)
Daulat Ram College: Bsc (hons) Physics
Indraprastha College for Women: BA (hons) Sociology, Geography
Kalindi College: Hons in Botany, Zoology, Chemistry and Geography.
Gargi College: Hons in Mathematics
Delhi College of Arts and Commerce: Hons in Mathematics.