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Gap years don’t count at DU

HT Horizons brings you more from the information-packed open days at Delhi University

education Updated: Jun 15, 2011 09:36 IST

The open day counselling sessions organised by Delhi University 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.

Senior faculty members of the varsity such as 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:

Does Delhi University offer a course in applied life sciences?
No. The varsity does not offer this course any more. Some of the applied life sciences subjects have been merged with other life sciences courses.

I want to pursue BSc botany (hons) but I’m a gap year student. Am I eligible for admission to this programme?
You are eligible and your Class 12 marks will be taken into account. You will also have to submit proof of what you did last year and the reason for the gap year.

What is the scope of BSc chemistry?
You can go for fields such as biochemistry, biomedical science, biotechnology and forensic science. A lot of modern areas of biology are nowadays dependent on chemistry.

What are the career prospects after BSc computer science (hons)?
You can do a course in informatics, MCA or a postgraduate diploma in computer application. But you ought to have a good hold over maths and English.

Do all colleges come out with a fifth cut-off list?
Not necessarily. It depends on the seats filled in the earlier cut-off lists in different courses. If a college has unfilled seats in a particular course even after the fourth cut off, the college will come out with a fifth list.

What are the eligibility criteria for admission to the economics (hons) programme?
You must have English and maths as compulsory subjects and two other elective subjects as long as they are not vocational courses. Admission to this programme is, however, based on the cut-off lists and the additional eligibility criteria, if any.

What are the prospects of BSc maths (hons)?
Those with BSc maths (hons) can go for actuarial science, finance investments, market research, banking or statistics.