Some new courses are also likely to be offered at Delhi University in the coming session. Prof Nachiketa Singh, member, DU admissions committee, says, “Nineteen DU colleges have been granted new courses to be introduced subject to the approval of the University Grants Commission. But the UGC approval has been pending. Nine colleges have informed DU that they would like to start these courses on condition that it is subject to UGC approval. Some of these courses might go in the self-financing mode.”
The proposed courses include BSc forensic science at SGTB Khalsa College, Mathematics (hons) at Gargi College and Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, mathematics, history, computer science and psychology (hons) at Aryabhatta College, and sociology (hons) at Indraprastha College for Women. “Daulat Ram, Bharti College and Ramanujan College might also start some courses. St Stephen’s College might not start political science (hons) due to some confusion though it was passed by the Academic and Executive Councils. If the UGC sends its approval for these courses in time, then an additional number of around 2,000 seats might get added to the existing 54,000 seats. If only nine colleges start admitting students to these new courses, then only 500 seats will increase,” adds Prof Singh.
Minority institutions such as St Stephen’s and Jesus and Mary College have been conducting an independent admission process for several years. This time, they have been requested to be part of the centralised registration process, so that the university does not face problems of duplication of data. “They can, however, follow their own admission process and policy, which the university will not interfere with, such as additional criteria of entrance test or viva etc,” he says.
The very high cut-offs make headlines every year. But is the university planning steps or change in policy to lower cut-offs? “No. Colleges are free to decide their cut-offs based on the formula they have been adopting in previous years,” he clarifies. There are going to be five cut offs. If any college is left with any vacant seat, after that then it has to inform the university and upload the information on its website. The college then will devise rules and procedure to fill up those vacant seats by inviting applications from already registered students on a first-cum-first-serve basis.