Delhi University (DU) has started its admission process today. With nearly 54,000 seats across more than 60 colleges, the university boasts of a number of facilities to students such as 17 hostels, sports infrastructure, and the University Science Instrumentation Centre, a central facility with analytical instruments which provides infrastructure for research to students, among other things.
A completely paperless admissions process has been implemented this year from registration to online submission of fees.
READY FOR TESTS?
A number of tests are going to be held by various institutes. A joint admission test will be conducted for the bachelor of management studies programme in six colleges. Applicants will have to clear an entrance test for bachelor of business administration (financial investment analysis) at Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies. Admission to the BA (hons) business economics at 10 colleges will also be through an entrance test.
The Cluster Innovation Centre will hold tests for BTech information technology and mathematical innovations, BA (hons) humanities and social sciences programmes. The entrance test by the Central Institute of Education is for admission to about 400 seats in eight colleges in the bachelor of elementary education programme. The Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Sciences will also hold an entrance test for its bachelor of science in physical education, health education and sports programme.
The test at Indraprastha College for Women will be held for 52 seats in BA (hons) multimedia and mass communication course. All these will be conducted between June 19 and 23.
SPORTS and ECA QUOTA
Rules for admission to DU will be similar to last year. Admissions through sports and ECA quota will also be through online centralised registration on the university portal. Giving details, Prof Nachiketa Singh, member, DU admissions committee, says, “A student has to fill up the centralised form where a separate link or page will be available for sports and ECA categories. The student has to fill up and upload all relevant documents on the centralised form. Five per cent subject-wise reservation of seats will be earmarked for ECA category but not less than 15% below the cut-off mark for general students. Sports trials and fitness tests will be done in a cluster of colleges, so that the students don’t have to undergo same tests and trials repeatedly.” However, there will be a change in weightage given to performance in trials and academic performance.
Dr Bharat Singh, who is also a member of the DU admissions committee, says, “For admissions under the ECA quota, 75% weightage will be given to performance in the trials and 25% to certificates. In case of admissions through sports quota, this weightage will be 50-50. A candidate, however, will have to score 50% in trials to be eligible for admission.”
As far as additional eligibility criteria by colleges is concerned, Dr Bharat Singh says there will be a 2.5% penalty in marks for candidates changing streams while applying to colleges.
However, says Prof Nachiketa Singh, “There cannot be any additional criteria other than the approved norms by the university. No college can have any such additional criteria except the minority colleges. The committee has recommended that colleges applying for relaxation in marks may offer 1% concession to girl candidates. This will be for all the courses in a given college. But it will not be available as a matter of fact to all the colleges. Very few colleges have applied for such concessions and most have been given permission on the basis of the data they provided on their previous year’s record.” Earlier, up to 5% relaxation was given to girl candidates.