DU colleges pick best of four subjects,students miss out on preferred courses

As UG admissions at Delhi University come to a close,many students have been left in the lurch owing to their choice of subjects in Class XII.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 23, 2013 1:19 am

As undergraduate admissions at Delhi University come to a close,many students have been left in the lurch owing to their choice of subjects in Class XII.

According to university officials,the choice of subjects in calculating the best of four percentage has been left to the colleges. While most colleges do not give weightage to vocational subjects,students who studied academic electives,such as media studies or informatics practices,have also found it difficult to get the course and college of their choice despite meeting the cut-off requirement.

Maryam Qureshi,who had scored 93 per cent in mass media studies,wanted to study sociology at Miranda House. Even though she met the cut-off percentage,she was told that the college will not accept mass media studies in its best of four calculation.

Although DU’s four-year undergraduate course is being heralded for its inter-disciplinary and hands-on experience,students having opted for “off-beat” courses in Class XII are finding it difficult to get admission in the college of their choice.

Those teaching this course at the schools said the lack of coordination between school boards and the university has adversely affected students. “I am afraid for the present batch of students. While 30 of them have taken mass media studies,15 have also opted for informatics practices. This combination is even more dangerous since it has been seen that DU does not give weightage to these subjects,” Bincy Thomas,a teacher at Faith Academy School in the city,said.

While the CBSE chairperson could not be reached for comments,the Convenor of the course admitted to problems faced by the students option for the course. Explaining the situation,Nirmalya Samanta,Convenor for the media studies course at CBSE,who also teaches English at Ramanujan College,said: “This course was introduced four years ago. A large number of schools across the country teach this paper. It is an elective course and not a vocational subject. There is no reason why the best of four in DU scheme of admission should not consider this subject. The problem is that even though the prospectus of DU does not name media studies,it does mention that any other academic elective subject.”

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