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Several colleges seek proficiency in English

For Delhi University aspirants, meeting college cut-offs alone will not be enough. Proficiency judged by a minimum score in English is also mandatory in a number of colleges. Mallica Joshi reports.

india Updated: Jun 24, 2013 23:54 IST
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For Delhi University aspirants, meeting college cut-offs alone will not be enough. Proficiency judged by a minimum score in English is also mandatory in a number of colleges.

History, philosophy and political science are the most common courses for which colleges want students to have either studied English in Class 12 or have a minimum percentage of marks in the language.

At Miranda House, all aspirants are supposed to have a minimum percentage of 60% in English if they want a spot in their geography, history, philosophy or sociology courses.

At Kamla Nehru College, 75% in English is what the college needs to admit an aspirant in philosophy.

Other colleges such as Delhi College for Arts and Commerce, Deshbandhu College, Hansraj College and Lady Shri Ram College for Women also have similar conditions.

"For students who study courses such as history, philosophy and sociology, having a solid foundation in English is important as in-depth concepts may be difficult to grasp for a student who does not have proficiency in the language. A language plays an important role in humanities subjects and since we do not teach in any other language, we want students with a good command over English," said a teacher at Miranda House.

But it is not only in humanities subjects for which colleges are asking for English proficiency.

At IP College for Women, even those who want admission in Computer Science need English as a mandatory subject. A number of colleges just want applicants to include just one language in the best four percentages.

At Miranda House, aspirants are supposed to score at least 60% in English for admission in Economics, considered to be a largely mathematical subject. At LSR, 60% in English is required for taking admission in commerce as well.

"It is very important to have a good grasp on the language that you study in, no matter what the language is. At the level of the college, being able to write detailed reports becomes important irrespective of the subjects being studied. This is the reason why colleges have started issuing additional eligibility regarding language proficiency," said a teacher at Lady Shri Ram College for Women.