DU colleges in a dilemma as languages ramp up scores

  • Shradha Chettri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 30, 2015 00:46 IST

Despite sky-high cut-offs the applications are coming in droves but most Delhi University colleges are now worried whether the aspirants will be able to manage with the medium of instruction, that is English.

The concern has been rooted in a change of rule which allows the applicants to the university this year that they may not include English/Hindi in their best of four.

Many students have opted to not include the two languages and used their scores in Sanskrit, Malayalam, Telegu, Bangla and other Indian languages. This was done, colleges say, to boost the best of score to a perfect100.

For DU colleges, the best of four percentages is calculated with one language and three academic/elective subjects. Though including one language has remained the rule, earlier the colleges used to make English/ Hindi mandatory in the additional eligibility criteria.

However, this year since the university had removed the additional eligibility criteria, the college authorities are apprehensive that those coming from other linguistic backgrounds would find it difficult to manage with the medium of instruction at their institutions.

For instance, at the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) 70% of the students are from boards outside Delhi who have included other languages in their best of four.

“Even the 100 percenters who have taken admissions in Bcom(honours) at SRCC have included marks in Sanskrit in their best of four. However this is a great concern for us as we are not sure up to what level such applicants have studied English,” said Ashok Sehgal, officiating principal, SRCC.

Colleges felt that even if not English atleast Hindi could have been there.

“We just do not know the marking process of other boards and these students are coming with high cut-off in these subjects. Colleges don’t know how to manage them. This may have a bearing on the overall result and performance of the college. The university should have been clear on this matter,” said a teacher.

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