Delhi University (DU) started its admission process last week with nearly 38,000 applications on the first day. One of the few Indian universities to have featured in prominent global rankings, DU has a number of new things to offer to its new batch of students.
There will be new and ­renovated infrastructural ­facilities, including additional hostels, sports stadium, Wi-Fi ­networking, upgraded ­classrooms, teaching laboratories and e-libraries.
Several programmes in arts, commerce, mathematical ­sciences, sciences and applied ­sciences are also being ­introduced. These include bachelor of arts (BA), BA (vocational), BA (hons), BCom, BCom (hons), BSc (mathematical sciences), BSc (hons) mathematics, BSc (hons) statistics, BSc (hons) computer science and BSc science (hons).
This time, the existing provision sports/ECA quota (subject-wise) will be continued. Colleges will be free to fix the number of seats to be filled for sports (not more than 5%). The enrollment process will be made uniform. In the stream-wise cut-offs, scrapped this year, the percentage for commerce students was the highest and for humanities students it was lowest. For example, if the cut-off for psychology (hons) was 89.5% to 93% earlier, it meant that 93% was for commerce students and 89% for humanities students. The cut-off for science students was somewhere in between.
Also, there will be no ­additional eligibility criterion for any ­category in any college or course this year. However, colleges have been allowed to give specific advantage to girl students (up to 3% only) in any course. Coming to honours, if the subject applied for in the honours course is not part of the applicant’s Class 12 curriculum or he does not include it in the best of four then 2.5% marks will be deducted from his total score.
DU is also going to introduce popular courses in the next two years like bachelor of business studies (BBS) and sociology in more colleges. In a meeting of the Standing Committee of the university’s Academic Council constituted by the vice chancellor on new courses last week, it was decided that BBS would be introduced in SGTB Khalsa College, Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, and Ramanujan College. Sociology will be offered at Bharati College and Indraprastha College for Women. History (hons) will be offered at Bhagini Nivedita, Ambedkar, PGDAV, Aryabhatta, and Shaheed Bhagat Singh (evening) College. Geography (hons) will be introduced in Indraprastha College for Women, Kalindi College and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College for Women. St Stephen’s will offer political science (hons). BBS programme will be introduced at SGTB Khalsa College, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce and Ramanujan College. For the first time, BSc (hons) in forensic science and BA (hons) music will be offered at Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College. In a first of sorts, physical education as discipline course in the BA programme will be introduced at Daulat Ram College. BSc (hons) in biochemistry will also be offered at Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women.
However, it might take some time for the courses to be implemented. “It’s not clear whether the university is going to introduce the courses from the coming academic session as these have to be first approved by the Academic Council. There are more than 30 new courses which have been passed by the Standing Committee,” says Nachiketa Singh, committee member.
Student intake will obviously increase once these courses are introduced. “For science subjects, the maximum number of seats will be 32 and for arts and social sciences, it will be 46. This is going to be the norm for every college and is being calculated on the basis of practical groups for sciences and tutorials for social sciences. If you multiply the number of courses with the number of students in different colleges, the number of seats will be more than 2,000. The number will be over 1,000 in arts and social sciences alone,” says Singh.
New courses to be offered
Psychology: Aryabhatta, Bharati College
Applied psychology: Ramanujan, Shaheed Bhagat Singh (evening) College
English journalism: (Bharati College)
French in BA programme: Kamala Nehru College
English: College of Vocational Studies: Shyam Lal (evening) College, Aurobindo (evening)
Hindi: Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, College of Vocational Studies, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Shaheed Bhagat Singh (evening
MA Hindi: Sri Venkateswara College, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College
Hindi journalism: Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Hansraj, Jesus and Mary, Vivekanand College
Punjabi: Dayal Singh College, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce
Certificate course in Punjabi: Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College
Urdu: Dyal Singh College
Computer science: Aryabhatta, Miranda House, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Ramanujan, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College, SGTB Khalsa College, Shivaji College
Statistics: Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences, Ramanujan, Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women, SGND Khalsa College
BSc (hons) mathematics: (Aryabhatta, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Gargi, Ramanujan, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College, Bharati College, Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women
BSc (hons) physics: Bhagini Nivedita, Daulat Ram College
Chemistry: Kalindi, Swami Shradhanand, Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women
Home science: Bhagini Nivedita
Botany: Kalindi College, Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences
Zoology: Kalindi College, Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences
Food technology: Institute of Home Economics
Biomedical science: Miranda House, Keshav Maha-vidyalaya