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Confusion over choice of subjects

The woes of students filling the pre-admission form continue. Students who have subjects like Physical Education or Fine Arts are unable to figure out whether they can include these subjects in their ?best of four subjects? required for admission.

education Updated: Jun 03, 2006 15:28 IST

The woes of students filling the pre-admission form continue. Students who have subjects like Physical Education or Fine Arts are unable to figure out whether they can include these subjects in their ‘best of four subjects’ required for admission.

According to the University rules, students opting for BA (Hons/Pass), B.Com (Hons/Pass), B.Sc (Mathematical Sciences) can take three academic subjects and one vocational subject as their best of four subjects.

The DU information bulletin states that subjects like Physical Education, Home Science, Fine Arts, Informatics Practices, Music, Dance, Entrepreneurship, etc, come under the category of academic streams.

Despite the University rules, students are left in the lurch as various colleges follow their own rules. “Though we take subjects like Physical Education, Informatics Practices, Fine Arts etc but a four percent negative marking is made for these subjects,” said Kanika Khandelwal, media coordinator, Lady Sri Ram College.

For instance if you have 86 per cent in any of the above mentioned subjects it will be counted as 82 per cent. But at Hindu College all the subjects mentioned in the DU bulletin are accepted as academic subjects.

“We follow the DU guidelines for our admission procedure,” informed T.C. Arora, an official at Hindu College. But at St Stephen’s College none of these subjects are acceptable. “These are non-academic subjects and we clearly mention it on our website and prospectus,” said Dr AD Mathur, admissions in charge, St Stephen’s College.

Mainly students pursue these subjects as they have practicals and are usually high scoring. “Besides an interest for the subject, I opted for Fine Arts as it is also a high scoring subject,” says Ashima Arora, Amity School, Saket.

But she is unclear about the colleges where Fine Arts is an eligible subject.