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No marks to be deducted of Informatics Practices students: DU

Students will get three days to complete the enrolment process under each of the first five cut-off lists. (Source: PTI) Students will get three days to complete the enrolment process under each of the first five cut-off lists. (Source: PTI)
Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Posted: June 17, 2014 10:05 pm

Delhi University on Tuesday revoked its decision to deduct 2.5 per cent from the aggregate marks of those aspirants of the four-year under graduate course who had opted for Informatics Practices as an elective subject in their class XII exams.

The decision came following a request to the university by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Chairman Vineet Joshi who had termed the guideline as “unfair” and “discriminatory”.

“Informatics Practices will be considered on par with Computer Science course. The CBSE chairman made a request to the university and since he says there is no distinction between Informatics Practices and Computer Science, then who are we to question? He knows the subjects better,” DU’s media coordinator Malay Neerav said.

In its admission guidelines, the DU had said the students who had chosen Informatics Practices in class XII would lose 2.5 per cent from the percentage aggregate marks for admission to FYUP.

Joshi had sought review of the decision and asked the University to accord same advantage to those who had opted for Informatics Practices saying a large number of students will be at a disadvantageous position in admission process as they have become aware of the decision at a very “late stage”.

He had also said that CBSE treated all the courses of computer stream such as Computer Science and Informatics Practices on par.

The university has also decided to revoke the decision to deduct 2 per cent from the best of four percentage of students who had studied functional English in class 12, seeking admission in English Honours course. CBSE offers English as an elective, core and functional subject.

“Functional English will be treated on par with other English courses and there will no disadvantage meted to aspirants who had opted for the course in 12th,” Neerav said.

Delhi University has received over 2.7 lakh applications for nearly 54,000 seats for admission this year.

The first cut off list will be released on June 24, followed by up to nine more lists depending on seat availability till July 21.

Students will get three days to complete the enrolment process under each of the first five cut-off lists.

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