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Programme courses find very little takers

Written by Shikha Sharma , Aditi Vatsa | New Delhi | Posted: July 3, 2014 4:37 am

With Delhi University going back to the admission scheme of 2012-13, colleges have reintroduced programme courses such as BA, BCom and BSc. Yet the courses have not found much favour among students. The first two days of admission hardly saw any students enrolling for these courses, according to most college principals.

At Hindu College, where 470 of 750 seats have already been filled, BA Programme hardly had any takers. “There have been three or four admissions in BA (P). We also offer BSc in Physical Sciences, and so far only 10 students have applied for the course,” Pradyuman Kumar, Principal, Hindu College said.

Another sought-after college in North Campus, Miranda House, has also made just 25 admissions in BA Programme which has about 185 seats. As the courses had not received a great response from students so far, Miranda House principal, Pratibha Jolly said at least some Programme seats should have been retained in Honours courses.

Computer Science at Miranda House has taken a hit because of the FYUP rollback. “Admission to computer science has been very slow. It is not even a B Sc Honours course now, it is B Sc Physical Sciences (a Programme course),” Jolly said.

At Dyal Singh College, the situation is the same. “The admission to programme courses have been a little slow with only four-five admissions every day. This could be because applicants are not aware of the course or the high cut-offs might be a deterrent,” I S Bakshi, Dyal Singh College principal, said.

In Jesus and Mary college too, the scenario is similar. “Most students want to study an Honours and not a Pass course. We were expecting a good response to these programmes, but that hasn’t happened,” a member of the admission committee at the college said. According to officials at Jesus and Mary College, the courses have found favour with students who want to get into the college, but haven’t been able to secure a seat in a course of their choice.

The principals believe that the courses may see more admissions after the second cut-off list comes out. “Since we couldn’t invite any applications for these programmes, we kept the cut-offs high. But with a slide in cut-offs, we are expecting more students to join,” Kumar said.

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