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Delhi’s universities welcome you
Gauri Kohli, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, April 09, 2014
First Published: 10:16 IST(9/4/2014)
Last Updated: 11:20 IST(9/4/2014)

The senior school and college exam phase is almost over and it’s admission time at some of the major universities in Delhi for their undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. While a large number of candidates will be planning to join the University of Delhi, institutions such as Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Ambedkar University, Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University For Women, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi Technological University, Jamia Hamdard and TERI University are also important options. In this two-part special on the options beyond Delhi University, we look at some of these universities, their admissions processes and what they have to offer to aspirants.

GGSIPU
Expanding its reach by going online for admissions, GGSIPU offers a variety of professional courses to students from across the country. Admissions will end on April 10 for around 29,000 seats for 150 academic programmes. Talking about the latest change in the university’s admission procedure, GGSIPU vice chancellor Anup Singh Beniwal says, “Students can apply from anywhere. We are also expecting an increase in the number of applicants with the process going online from about two lakh last year to about 2.25 lakh this year.”

The university, which functions on the public-private model, has 111 affiliated institutes, of which 27 belong to the Delhi government and the Centre. For the first time, the university has decided to hold CETs for all regular courses.

Jamia Millia Islamia
Applicants who wish to study at JMI have a lot to look forward to this year. The university is in the process of introducing 12 smart classrooms for nine faculties and three academic centres, including the AJK-Mass Communication Research Centre and Centre for Culture, Media and Governance. These ICT-enabled classrooms will have interactive boards and projectors and the campus will be Wi-Fi enabled. The university is also in process of upgrading its infrastructure with additional hostels for girls, a new building for the department English, an auditorium at the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, and a café near the central library, among other things.
 
The application window for all programmes is April 21, 2014 to July 1, 2014, which means that candidates must submit their applications within this period, as per the varying submission schedule mentioned in the prospectus. The university conducts entrance tests for various courses. Jamia offers as many as 51 bachelor’s programmes, which are a fine mix of science, commerce, arts and humanities.

Jamia Hamdard
Conceived as a seat of higher learning in Unani medicine, Islamic studies, biosciences, pharmacy, nursing and other areas, Jamia Hamdard has emerged as a higher education institution with distinct academic programmes. The university offers a graduate programme in IT and computer applications and PG courses in IT, computer applications, and occupational therapy, among others.

Jawaharlal Nehru University
The application process for courses is over. Students are now gearing up for entrance tests which will be held from May 16 to 19, 2014, for admission to various full-time programmes of study in 51 cities. SK Sopory, VC, JNU, says: “We have improved the online admission process this year. We have also strengthened our grievance/troubleshooting system. At JNU, we are starting the following new courses from 2014-15: Direct admission to the PhD programme in human rights studies; direct admission to PhD programme in energy studies; MPhil/PhD in women’s studies and pre-PhD in nanosciences (NET/JFR).” JNU has earmarked grants for one new hostel and an academic building.

Mark your calendar

GGSIPU
The deadline for submitting applications for the BArch course is July 3. For the rest of the programmes, the last date for applying is April 10

Jamia Millia Islamia
The application window for all programmes is April 21, 2014 to July 1, 2014, which means that candidates must submit their forms within this period

JNU
Entrance tests will be held from May 16 to 19, 2014, for admission to various full-time programmes

Jamia Hamdard
For programmes where admission is made through NEET and JEE (Main), entrance test/merit in qualifying examination-cum-interview, the last date for submission of application forms is April 30, 2014

Students’ verdict

The Capital is home to a number of universities that offer programmes in almost all disciplines. Today, students are attracted to these institutions for their flexibility, infrastructure, faculty, peer group, extra-curricular activities and placements

Huzaifa Siddiqui, Jawaharlal Nehru University
It’s a very open university where students are given the liberty to think and express themselves. The university focuses on non-rote learning, which gives everyone an opportunity to compete with himself to excel in their own field of research

Rajshree shingnam, Jamia Millia Islamia
I was not sure about my decision to join this university, but my experience turned out to be very different from what I had thought. Studying here has been a wonderful experience as it’s not just about academics... the focus is also on extra-curricular activities and much more

Shauriya Mehra, Jamia Hamdard
The quality of medical education provided at the university is at par with any other medical institution in Delhi. Everything that makes for a good institution — faculty, infrastructure, teaching methods we have it here. We get a lot of exposure in the first year itself

Nitish Arora, GGSIP University
An important facet of our ­university is that it not only focuses on the theoretical curriculum, but also helps in the development of a student’s personality and overall perspective. Learning here is also interdisciplinary, which is a great thing


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