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HindustanTimes Wed,17 Sep 2014

DU’s 4-year programme choices a ‘farce’

Mallica Joshi, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 15, 2014
First Published: 11:17 IST(15/4/2014) | Last Updated: 11:21 IST(15/4/2014)

The carrot of flexibility and choice the Delhi University dangled in front of students before launching the four-year undergraduate programme is nothing short of a mirage, it seems. 

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Various colleges under the university are struggling to find ways to accommodate students according to the choice of a minor subject that has to be made this year.

With a large number of students to accommodate, some colleges are asking them to chose discipline II (or minor) subjects as per their choice in discipline I (major).

At Ram Lal Anand College, the administration has decided to allot minor subjects according to the major chosen in the first year. This happened because a large percentage of students chose computers as their first choice.

“This was bound to happen. We have been saying that this model will not work because of the large number of students in each class. We are now forced to ask students to choose from a set number of subjects based on their major,” said a teacher at the college on condition of anonymity. 

Something similar may also happen at other colleges. Students across colleges have already been asked to fill up their choices. In some cases, up to six preferences have been given. Feverish meetings are on in all colleges to allot the minor subject, keeping in mind the students’ choice as well as the teacher’s work load.

At Deen Dayal Upadhyay College, the students have already filled three preferences.

“We will try to honour the choices. Since a large number of teachers in our college are ad hoc, we will not have a problem of adjusting preferences according to workload. The students who want to take up minor subjects that have mandatory laboratory classes, however, may be disappointed as a large number cannot be accommodated in labs,” said SK Garg, principal, DDU College. 

Colleges are, meanwhile, using merit lists and limited options to make sure that their work load does not go haywire. While discussions are on in every college, teachers across board believe that most students will get their second or the third option they had mentioned.


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