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Numerous options for students

With a record number of students scoring 90 per cent and more in their Class XII exams, the cut-off percentage is sure to soar. But the good news is there are numerous options for students outside DU.

education Updated: May 26, 2006 17:26 IST

With a record number of students scoring 90 per cent and more in their Class XII exams, the cut-off percentage is sure to soar. But the good news is there are numerous options for students outside DU.

One such option which is usually overlooked by students is IGNOU. The varsity offers 64 courses to undergraduates, some unconventional like disaster management and environmental and sustainable development.

The varsity admitted more than 50,000 students from Delhi for their undergraduate programmes last year. IGNOU Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof SC Garg says, “Students must open up to the concept of open universities. There are students who score in the 70s, yet find it difficult to get admission. They should opt for correspondence courses where they can also choose the subject of their choice.”

Garg says that by the end of the 10th plan, every third student in the higher education bracket will opt for the open system. “The 310 universities and 16,000 colleges only cater to 8 per cent students. Open education is more flexible.”