Soon, you will be able to apply for courses of your choice in your preferred colleges in Delhi University.
The university decided to launch additional courses in some of its 63 affiliated colleges from this academic session, after its executive council approved on February 28 a proposal for introduction of new subjects.
The move will allow St Stephen’s College and Gargi College in Delhi to offer honours courses in political science and economics respectively.
But the launch of these courses will depend on the nod from the funding agency, which is the Delhi government for a dozen colleges, and the University Grants Commission (UGC) for the rest.
The colleges will apply for approval from the respective agencies, which are expected to clear the files before the new academic session begins in July.
“The university has given the approval after an inspection of these colleges,” said Rajesh Jha, a member of the executive council, DU’s top statutory body.
Besides St Stephen’s, political science (honours) will be available in Swami Shraddhanand and Bhagini Nivedita College too.
Students will be able to do an honours degree in economics from Bharti College, Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Ramanujan College, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College, and Sri Aurobindo evening college, where the subject is not taught now.
Similarly, Keshav Mahavidyalaya funded by the Delhi government will offer several courses such as bachelor of management studies (BMS).
The college currently enrolls 46 students in each batch. It will need the UGC’s approval to increase student enrollment with each added course.
BSc honours courses in chemistry, zoology and botany will henceforth be available in Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences, while Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women will offer bachelor’s degrees with honours in microbiology and biochemistry.
Zoology and botany hounours will make its entry into Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College.
The university had allowed 19 colleges to begin new courses in the previous academic session.
But the UGC set riders, asking colleges to adjust the courses within the available number of seats, or offer them in a self-finance mode. The institutions could not accomplish any of the two options, and the courses never took off.
For social science subjects, a college can take 46 students. In science subjects, the enrollment cannot exceed more than 32 students.
If the UGC allows colleges to add courses as well as increase seats, it could offer a huge relief to students who fail to get admission because of abysmally high cut-offs in popular institutes. For several subjects in DU colleges, the cut-off touches 100%, the maximum marks a student can get in a subject in the class 12 finals.