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‘Follow your heart while choosing a course or college’

education Updated: Jun 08, 2011 09:31 IST
Gauri Kohli
Gauri Kohli
Hindustan Times
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Next week, hundreds of young dreams will get directions when Delhi University’s first cut-off list come out. As of now, however, parents and puzzled students are thronging the varsity’s north and south campuses to find out more about the new admissions systems etc. The open day counselling sessions organised by DU were aimed at solving queries on courses, eligibility criteria and colleges. Questions related to choosing a course over college, finding out which college is better than the other, career prospects in various fields were put up by DU aspirants. And all these questions seemed to have common answers: Follow your heart! and don’t despair!

Senior faculty members of the varsity such as Dr Savithri Singh, principal of Acharya Narendra Dev College and Dr Gulshan Sahni, reader in physics at Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College, and Professor JM Khurana, dean, students’ welfare, University of Delhi, Professor Dinesh C Varshney, deputy dean, students’ welfare, South Campus, and the principals of various other colleges guided the students. Here are some of the questions asked by DU aspirants during the open day sessions:

Why is emphasis given to mathematics for BA (H) economics and BCom (H)?
One should have studied maths before enrolling in one of these programmes as the curricula of these programmes requires a good grip on maths. A good amount of maths is taught as part of BA (H) economics and BCom (H).

How do I know which college is better than others?
All colleges are at parity. The university has the same process of appointment of teachers, so the faculty is excellent in all colleges and courses. The question papers for exams are prepared by the university and the evaluation is not done by all teachers and it’s not college specific. Also, the syllabi for all courses are the same in all colleges. Moreover, one can find toppers from each college and discipline at the varsity every year.

What are the eligibility criteria for admission to MBA and MCA programmes?
One must have a minimum of 60% marks in graduation with one of the following subjects as compulsory (main or subsidiary): computer science, maths, statistics and operational research.

What is the difference between psychology and applied psychology?
In psychology you are taught all papers of psychology, whereas in applied psychology, you are also taught its application. You can go to the DU website and check the syllabi of both for details.

Which are the subjects taken into account for deciding the admission in BSc (H) and BSc?
PCM or PCB

What if a science student shifts to commerce or humanities courses? Will he/she have an advantage or disadvantage?
It will be more of a disadvantage because you will be taken on higher cut-off than the commerce and humanities students.

What if I want to withdraw admission from the first list and want to go to the second list college of my choice?
You can always shift. You should first confirm your eligibility in the second list college. If you are eligible, then you should report to the admission committee. If they say yes, then you should go to the first list college where you have taken admission and cancel it. You will be returned your original documents either on the same day or within 24 hours.

Can I pursue an undergraduate course from a regular DU college and another course from the School of Open Learning, DU, simultaneously? If yes, then please tell me the procedure and other norms.

No. This is not permitted. No candidate can pursue two degree courses in one go.

Is it possible to migrate from a regular DU college to the School of Open Learning? If yes, then please tell me the procedure and other norms.
Now, it is not possible.

Is it possible to migrate from the School of Open Learning to a regular DU college? If yes, then please tell me the procedure and other norms.
Though it is permitted as per the university norms but it’s not easy to implement it due to the semester system and internal assessment followed in the regular colleges.

Which one is better Economics (H) of BBE, BBS and BFIA?
It depends on your interest and choice. First go for the course and then the college.

What if one is not selected for English (H) admission for CATE?
There are 25 colleges which have English (H) admission on merit basis which will admit students without CATE exam.

Have the admission criteria for various MA courses changed this year? If yes, then please give the details.
Please check DU website or call the respective departments.

What is the difference between science and applied science?
In science, you are taught purely science courses whereas in applied science, you are also taught application of science.

What are the career prospects of home science?
Options are aplenty. One can work in hospitals, as fashion designers, film-makers, and event managers, to name a few. It’s a very professional course and not meant to churn out good housewives only.

What are the provisions of ECA quota? Who are eligible to take admission as part of the ECA quota?
For ECA, you must approach the college where you are interested in applying. The existing provision of not more than 5% sports and ECA quota has been continued. The colleges are free to decide the actual number of seats to be filled on sports basis (not more than 5%) keeping in view the facilities available, requirement of the college and other relevant factors. Also, a weightage of 75% will be given to the certificates/achievements of the candidate’s best performance of the last three years as submitted by the student and weightage of 25% will be given on field trial. Candidates who have participated in international or national level competitions shall be given direct admission.

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