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Way to first-rung college: migrate

For those who don't make it to their choice of college even in the third or fourth list. Is their a way out? Read on...
By Aakriti Chaudhary/Jyotismita Das | None, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 30, 2006 12:04 PM IST

For those who don’t make it to their choice of college in the first cut-off list, the second list or even the third or fourth list, if there’s one, there’s this less popular option: they can migrate to their favourite colleges.

Less popular because the wait is long: university rules allow a student to migrate — switch from one college to another — only during the second year, and, in some cases, in the third year of a course.

Whether a college will take in a student from another college in the middle of a course depends on seat availability and his/her score. According to university norms, to migrate a student should have at least 60 per cent and passed in all his subjects — main, qualifying and subsidiary.

A student, however, if shifting from Honours to a Pass course, has to complete the first- and second-year examinations simultaneously at the end of the second year of the course.

To migrate, you also need a “non-objection” certificate from both your own and the college you desire to enter. Students from other universities too are allowed to migrate to DU.

“We allow students from outside DU if their curriculum matches ours,” said M.M. Yogi, media co-ordinator, IP College. Most colleges of DU allow migration. Some follow DU’s rules while some like Jesus & Mary College does not have any hard and fast rules.

“If the percentage suits us, we accept the student,” said Dr Marina John, principal, JMC. Some colleges, however, allow migration only in Pass courses. “In our college, we don’t admit students from other universities in Honours courses.
They are only allowed to study Pass courses provided they also again study the first year of the course simultaneously,” said A.S. Reddy, principal, Venkateswara.

Again, while some colleges accept students, some like Lady Sriram College and St. Stephens College don’t. “We don’t accept immigration, neither do we have any plans of having them in the near future,” said Dr Meenakshi Gopinath, principal, LSR.

The migration route, however, is yet to catch on. It means leaving your own college and entering a completely new environment. Even students who decide in the beginning to change colleges eventually end up not doing so.

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