NEW DELHI: Delhi University’s Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) has received over 20,000 applications for its two flagship courses - BTech (information technology & mathematical innovation) and BA (Hons) humanities and social sciences. The admission to these courses is being held through an entrance test.
The centre received around 800 applications for both the courses last year. There are 40 seats in each course. This year, for the first time, the CIC invited applications from all over India. Earlier, it only accepted applications from students already registered with DU.
“We invited applications from across India and there has been a tremendous response. For our two flagship courses, we received 20,796 applications this year. For the six undergraduate courses, we received 70,128 applications,” said CIC director MM Chaturvedi.
Till last year, to get admission to the centre, students had to be first admitted to any of the DU colleges. Then they could apply to the CIC. Admission was held on the basis of an entrance test and interview.
Chaturvedi said this year any student, who has passed Class XII, could apply and sit for the entrance test. He will be given admission on the performance merit. “This has made many more students apply for the courses directly,” he said.
The CIC has also received seven applications from transgender students who have applied in ‘other’ category. The entrance test for undergraduate courses will be conducted between June 20 and 23 at seven cities across the country. Admission will be over by July 18.
The CIC was established in 2011 and is known for its innovative course design. It is a centre which practices meta college and meta university concept. It is a concept wherein students can pursue a course between universities that are collaborating with each other.
The centre also offers postgraduate course in Msc in Mathematics Education. This course is organised under the meta university concept in collaboration with Jamia Millia Islamia.
The centre has also received 1,31,714 applications for postgraduate courses and 12,614 applications for MPhil and PhD courses.
“The CIC is a unique and futuristic centre that allows students to study and understand the problems of the world,” said Chaturvedi.