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Last-minute scurry for forms

With only two days to go for Delhi University (DU) to close its application process, students have begun a last-minute scramble to buy and submit forms.

delhi Updated: Jun 17, 2013 03:00 IST
Shaswati Das
Shaswati Das
Hindustan Times

With only two days to go for Delhi University (DU) to close its application process, students have begun a last-minute scramble to buy and submit forms.

The sale and submission of forms close on Wednesday. Varsity officials have warned aspirants not to wait till the last minute. While submission deadlines had to be extended last year because of chaotic scenes on the last day, officials said that no such concession would be made this year. College profiles | Living on campus

"Students must hurry up now and start submitting their forms if they haven’t already done so. Many a time, there are mistakes in forms which they realise later. There are several loose ends that they need to tie up and time is at a premium now," said JM Khurana, the DU dean of students’ welfare.

While the number of forms that the varsity has received online stood at 78,875, officials claimed that the number was double the last year’s figure. At the same time, the total number of applications received has crossed 1.7 lakh -- up by 21% from last year.

“The number of forms that we have received online is double of last year’s numbers. At the same time, the number of forms received across the counter too is much higher than last year,” Khurana added.

Yet, this may not spell very good news for aspirants. Officials said the increased number of applications as well as the higher scores this year are likely to lead to an increase in the cut-offs.

While science students would earlier flock to engineering colleges in pursuit of a BTech degree instead of a pure sciences degree from DU, the situation has now changed. With a wide array of BTech courses on offer, officials said the increased influx of science students to DU would make the competition stiffer — especially for courses such as electronics and computer science.

“Since the number of applications is much higher, cut-offs too are likely to be higher than last year, especially in the BTech courses. Science students who would otherwise have opted for traditional engineering programmes now have more specialised courses to choose from at DU. Results have been much higher than last year, because of which cut-offs will see a marginal rise,” he added.

Course profile

Bachelor with Honours - English

The course in English literature gives an opportunity to students to be introduced to a wide array of literary genres as well as several vocational courses.
As students start with the first year, they are introduced to light literary material which includes European classical literature and Indian writing in English. As a student become comfortable with the course, the extent of literary work increases.

The second year will include British Poetry and 17th and 18th century Drama, American literature and 18th century British literature. The third year introduces students to Women’s writing and Indian classical literature, while the final year will include modern Indian writing in English translation, British literature after 1960, 19th century European Realism and “Literary Theory.

First Published: Jun 16, 2013 23:20 IST