DU adds 500 seats for non-collegiate courses this year
DU’s NCWEB has opened a new teaching centre this year, increasing the seats by 500 from this academic yearCampus Calling Updated: Jun 27, 2017 16:42 IST
The Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB) of Delhi University has opened a new teaching centre this year, increasing the seats by 500 from this academic year.
The NCWEB is one of the non-formal education centres of DU, where female students hailing from Delhi-NCR region can get admission to either BA or BCom programmes, or postgraduate courses. The students attend classes just once a week at the centres, assigned as per the cutoffs.
NCWEB offers BA and BCom courses, MSc (Mathematics) and MA in 13 subjects.
This year, they have opened a new teaching centre at the Deen Dayal Upadhyay College, taking the number of teaching centres to 26 and the total number of seats to 12,200. Students will have to clear cutoffs assigned as per the teaching centres to get enrolled in these classes.
The first cutoff list for the NCWEB programmes will be released on July 1.
The non-collegiate programme of teaching is low cost and utilises the existing infrastructure of educational institutions during Saturdays, Sundays and academic breaks.
“Advantage to students opting for NCWEB is that they can apply for other part-time courses and jobs, provided they meet the minimum attendance criteria. However, non-collegiate students are not allowed to pursue any other full-time course,” said Dr Anju Gupta, NCWEB director.
However, the programme can be taken if a female student want to pursue other part-time courses. “I’m pursuing a non-collegiate BCom programme along with CA. As both the courses are related, I find it really easy to manage,” said Archita, a student.
Since the NCWEB declares a slightly lower cutoff than the other regular DU colleges, students who may not have secured high grades take up these programmes.
Last year, NCWEB had set the cutoff at 88% for BA (Prog) and 92% for BCom at Miranda House center. At the Hans Raj College center, it had set the cut off at 87% for BA (Prog) and 91% for BCom. The cutoff for regular BA Programme is 96.5% at Miranda House and 97% at Hans Raj College this year.
“The reason I opted for non-collegiate education was my marks. I’m pursuing BCom (Prog) and planning to do a diploma in fashion later,” said Simran, a student.
Though most students appreciate the facilities and liberties offered by the NCWEB, there are some who are not wholly satisfied with the once-a-week classes. “Faculty is highly qualified, but the method of teaching is not engaging,” says Shruti, a BCom student at NCWEB.