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Are there scribes for the disabled?

Prof. SK Vij, dean, students’ welfare, University of Delhi, responds to some frequently asked questions about undergraduate admissions.

education Updated: May 19, 2010 09:14 IST

Prof. SK Vij, dean, students’ welfare, University of Delhi, responds to some frequently asked questions about undergraduate admissions. Here is the transcript of his answers given in a webchat organised by the university:

Does Delhi University (DU) provide scribes for students with disabilities? What extra provisions are provided to such students?
Yes, there is a provision for scribes for such students; however, extra time cannot be given to them. Different facilities, including cassette recorders and Braille library etc, are provided by the colleges.

Can students with dyslexia be admitted to regular DU colleges or do they just have the School of Open Learning as the option?
No, admission to regular colleges is also available for such students. However, they can apply through the physically handicapped (PH) quota and they will have to produce adequate certificates for their disability (minimum 40 per cent) and then they will have to meet the medical board doctors.

Can two languages be included in the best four subjects?
Yes, two languages can be included in the best-of-four only if one language out of the two is a core subject and the other is an elective.

Two core languages cannot be included. For example, English could be core and Hindi needs to be elective. Only then can these be included.

Can you list the colleges that accept physical education and informatics practices in the best-of- four subjects?
Including physical education and informatics practices in the best four subjects is the discretion of the college. However, usually no college includes these subjects in the best-of-four score.

Can we get a consolidated list of add-on courses available in Delhi University?
The add-on courses are provided by the Campus of Open Learning and many other colleges. These courses include English communication, multimedia, web designing, journalism, tourism, etc.

Should visually-impaired students be granted admission in the science stream?
Visually-impaired students should ideally opt for relatively lighter courses as compared to science courses because this stream necessarily includes practical papers. Therefore, coping with the science stream can be a little difficult for students with special needs.

Is computer science included in the best-of-four?
Computer science is listed as an elective subject.

What is the difference between BElEd and BEd?
The BElEd programme can be pursued after Class XII class and after completing it, one can join a school as an assistant teacher. BEd, on the other hand, can be done only after graduation.

Most students join a particular course because of peer pressure. What should be done for such candidates?
Here the responsibility lies with the schools in that they should counsel their students in such a way that they become more focused and choose the correct path for themselves.

How can one apply for the sports quota?
For the sports quota, a candidate needs to apply separately to different colleges. Admission is based on the level at which you have played and your performance in the trial.

Why can’t students studying commerce without maths go for BCom (H) and economics honours?
Students taking up BCom(H) and economics honours as their consideration for a preferred career need to have maths in their best-of-four percentage because the component of maths is very high in both the subjects.

How can we contact you?
You can contact us through our website, www.du.ac.in, and write in to us at dsw@du.ac.in. The admission helpline numbers are:
North campus: 011-27662507, 011-27662508
South campus: 011-24114634, 011-24119832