In a bid to streamline the undergraduate admission process in Delhi University (DU) slated to begin on June 2, DU has announced a series of measures — like doing away with additional eligibility criteria set by colleges, giving weightage to vocational subjects and scrapping entrance tests for most courses.
The DU has modified the formula for calculating the cut-off percentage this year. Until now, colleges used to announce a cut-off range for a course, primarily on the basis of the stream opted by a student in Class XII — humanities, science or commerce. This year, depending on the choice of main discipline, the cut-off percentage for that subject will be two per cent lower if the student has studied that subject in Class XII.
“The other issue is that students want to study subjects they have not studied in Class XII. The candidate can do so, but in that case they will lose two per cent from the aggregate best of four percentage,” Malay Neerav, Joint Dean Student’s Welfare and Media Co-ordinator, said.
However, for students who wish to do honours in English and Hindi, it is compulsory that they have studied the subjects in school. Similarly, students wanting to pursue economics should have had studied mathematics in their boards.
The university has scrapped entrance tests for foreign languages, Hindi journalism and social work. Last year, it had done away with entrance tests for English and English journalism. Admission to these courses will be based on cut-off marks, J M Khurana, Dean, Students’ Welfare, Delhi University, said. Procedure for admission to science and mathematical science courses will remain the same, he said. Those applying to Bachelors in Management Studies (BMS), however, will be required to take the entrance test.
In an effort to simplify the admission process, DU announced that additional eligibility criteria set by colleges will be done away with. “No college will be able to impose any extra eligibility criteria on students from this year. There will only be a single, unified criteria based on merit, defined by the University, which all colleges, barring minority ones, will have to follow,” Khurana said.
Those students seeking admission under sports and extracurricular activities quota will have to contact the college concerned to get a separate form for it, the dean of students welfare said. The university has decided to give students the freedom to colleges as well. Until last year, students could only choose subjects they wanted to study. Students will also be free to opt for as many colleges and courses as they like. “There will be no cap on the number of colleges and courses a candidate can choose,” Khurana said.
In relief to those who have opted vocational subjects in Class XII, candidates will now be able to include marks scored in these subjects in best-of-four calculation. “With the CBSE offering over 200 vocational courses, we have also decided to relax admission norms. Students, who may have studied even three vocational subjects, will now be able to include them in their best-of-four subjects. But there will be a deduction of 10 per cent marks from the subject with highest marks,” Neerav said.
Candidates can apply both online and offline and the last date for submitting the form is June 16. “We encourage students to go for online applications as it makes the process easier for us,” Khurrana said. The university has also slashed fee for those selecting this mode. For general and OBC students, the form will cost Rs 100 and for SC/ST students it would be Rs 50. While for offline process the general and OBC students will have to pay Rs 150 and SC/ST students will pay Rs 70.
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