With Programme courses being done away with under Delhi Universitys new four-year undergraduate programme,more colleges are planning to use the seats to offer Honours in popular subjects such as English,Economics and Mathematics.
Till last year,around 47 colleges offered Honours courses in English and around 36 in Economics. From the new session,around 59 colleges will offer English Honours and Economics (H) courses will see a similar jump, a senior university official said.
Delhi University has instructed colleges to distribute the seats of Programme courses among the main disciplines or Honours courses. Depending on the faculty strength and available infrastructure,the colleges have also been given the option of starting new courses using those seats,the official said.
Colleges offering Economics as a major discipline include Gargi College,Bharti College,Shaheed Bhagat Singh (Evening) College,Sri Aurobindo (Evening) College and Ramanujan College. Shaheed Bhagat Singh College,Sri Aurobindo College and Rajdhani College will offer English,the official said.
The number of seats,however,will not increase.
Of the six main disciplines on offer in Shaheed Bhagat Singh (Evening) College this year,three Hindi,English and Economics are new. There will be 53 seats assigned to each of English,Hindi and Economics. The number of seats in Commerce,Political Science and Geography are also going to increase substantially, P K Khurana,the college principal,said.
Gargi College,on the other hand,will offer only Economics (40 seats) and Mathematics (60 seats). Shashi Tyagi,principal of Gargi College,said,These two courses are very popular among students. Detailed discussions with the university administration were held,where issues regarding the faculty and physical infrastructure to offer new courses were raised.
Bharti College,too,will offer Economics and Mathematics as main disciplines this year,with 40 seats in each. While the college had sought approval for Management Studies and Sociology as well,they were given a go-ahead only for Economics and Mathematics.
Principal Promodini Verma said,These courses are in demand and we hope to fill up all seats. We also plan to increase the number sections in English,Hindi and Political Science to two.
Students without Maths in Class XII can now apply for Commerce (H)
Delhi University has announced students applying for an Honours course in Commerce will no longer need to meet an additional eligibility criteria of having studied mathematics in Class XII. Students seeking admission to Bachelors with Honours in Commerce,under the four year undergraduate programme,will be admitted on the basis of their Class XII marks.
JMC limits students to three courses
While Delhi University,in its common pre-admission form,has not put a cap on the number of courses that students can apply for,Jesus and Mary College has limited course options to three. The college website states,An applicant can fill only one form; three preferences can be marked on one form. Student who fills more than one form will be disqualified even at a later stage. Principal Marina John said,Students will be given three course choices,which they can list according to their preference.
Director of South Campus Umesh Rai said,Dean of Students Welfare has been informed about it. The matter will be looked into.