A student tries to beat the sun during the admission process for the new four-year undergraduate courses in Delhi University, Faculty of Arts in North Campus. HT Photo/Virendra Singh Gosain
They may have been the courses that have the highest number of seats in all of Delhi University colleges but the Programme courses — BA Programme, BCom Programme and BSc programme — seems to have been forgotten by applicants applying to colleges under the university for this academic year.
Four of the popular courses under the ‘programme’ scheme(two under the BSc stream) were done away by the Delhi University last year when it introduced the controversial four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).
Now that the ambitious programme has been rolled back after much protest against it, these courses are back in the reckoning and many colleges are offering the same.
In most colleges that have restarted their offer of the course, the BA Programme has a total of over 100 seats.
Similarly, the BCom Programme sees more than 100 students studying the subject each year in each college that offers it.
The courses however have not seen a very enthusiastic response in terms of the number of applications for them in most colleges.
“Many applicants still don’t know that these courses are up for grabs again after they were replaced last year. A large number of seats are still vacant as candidates, due to this lack of awareness, have not applied to these courses. I’m sure the admissions to these courses will pick up once there is more information among the student community,” said Geetesh Nirban, media coordinator, Kamla Nehru College.
The BA Programme was among the more popular courses in colleges under the Delhi University before it was scrapped.
It gave applicants the chance to explore different options by offering them more than one subject to study during their graduation.
The same applies for the BSc courses for physical science and life science as well.
The courses have the backing of the teachers in many of the colleges as well.
“The Programme courses gave the students an option to explore their interests. In case of those applicants who did not make it to the course of their choice in a particular college, the programme courses were a popular choice as it enabled them to study the subject they wanted to in the first place and also add more subjects to the mix,” said a teacher at Hindu College.
“By scrapping the Programme courses, the Delhi university committed a great disservice to the student community at large. These were quality courses, especially after they were restructured. The university and colleges must make sure that the students get their due,” said a teacher who did not want to be named.
The first list of cut-offs in most colleges for these courses are high and a second list is expected to be announced soon.