With the CBSE results out, students will now be on the look-out for the Delhi University's cut-off lists, praying and hoping to get through to the college of their choice. Here's a quick run-down of the various controversies surrounding DU:
The 4-year programme story
The biggest controversy that has taken DU by a storm presently is its new plan for a four year honors course. In 2012, Delhi University gave a nod to the much controversial programme. The idea was to allow interdisciplinary work during the course of the degree. The decision meant that students who take admission in DU's honors course in 2013 will get their degree after four years, instead of three. This decision recieved a lot of flak from teachers and was widely protested against by students as well. However, not all students were to take the 4-year course. Students could opt for a two-year associate baccalaureate degree or a three-year baccalaureate degree. Only those working towards an honours degree were to take the four-year course.
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New management studies course
11 new courses were to be included in the new 4-year structure of Delhi University. One of them was a management studies course. And just about everything about it sent students running in confused circles. One the biggest issues was that there was a major delay in naming colleges that were to offer the proposed course. Even after the application process for the course started, the applicants had no idea which colleges were going to offer the programme.
• Website 'fails', management study aspirants panic
22.5% of the total number of seats are reserved for candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribes and 27% of the seats are reserved for candidates belonging to the Other Backward Classes. Though many social experts have hailed this reservation as it empowers aspiring students from backward classes, there have been many issues surrounding this reservation. The primary being students getting fake OBC certificates made to ensure a seat in the college of their choice.
• Four colleges out of OBC quota purview
• Delhi University (DU) to Decentralise its Admission Process for SC/ST
Cut-off lists: High, higher, unreasonable
2012's cut-off lists left even 90 percenters in the class XII boards feeling extremely jittery. Why? SRCC's first cut-off was 100%. While many believed it was simply ridiculous, others expressed concerns over the ever increasing cut-offs announced by colleges every year. Not only do these leave DU aspirants feeling extremely unsure about their options and the possibility of them getting through to the college of their choice but, it also ends up putting an immense amount of pressure on 12th graders about to sit for their CBSE examinations.
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Paras Sharma celebrates with his family. (HT Photo/Raj K Raj)
DUTA: Too many issues, too many strikes
The Delhi University Teacher's Association (DUTA) has been known to protest against almost any new introduction to Delhi University. Teachers remain on strike often which not only proves discouraging for students but also costs them valuable time. Towards the end of the semester both teachers and students end up struggling to finish courses and make up for lost time.
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When the semester system was first introduced, DU saw aggressive protests from student and teachers alike. For days colleges remained empty as teachers refused to work and went on week-long strikes. The semester-system had its own side-effects on students as the syllabus to be taught over the course of a year was crammed into one semester. The system had all kinds of snags during 2012-13 semester, the first after its implementation. From a delay in the arrival of admit cards, to a hard time in completion of syllabi, the new sem-system proved to be a headache for teachers and students alike.
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• DU in mad rush to complete syllabus
Names in answer sheets
Remember reading the rules for board exams? There were strict instructions to not write names in answer sheets. Even leaving stray marks, that could give the examiner an idea about who you were, was considered punishable. The case with DU examinations was pretty much similar. The rules were made so the examiner could give unbiased marks to the students. However, in 2012, DU broke this rule, saying it will save them time and effort, and made it mandatory for students to write their names, and the name of their fathers on the answer sheets. The rule caused a significant amount of flutter among students and teachers.
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Despite these controversies an increasing number of students are flocking to Delhi University not just from India but, from abroad as well. According to a poll conducted by HT 55.34% people believe that the reason DU attracts so many students is its reputation and ranking.