The scrapping of the four-year undergraduate programme and a reversal to the three-year-format is expected to reduce seats for popular courses such as Economics, English and Mathematics.
Under FYUP, the university had done away with Programme courses and used these seats for introducing new courses. As a result the number of colleges offering English (Honours) had risen from 47 to 59 last year. “The rollback means that these seats will have to go back to the Programme courses. Colleges which had offered new courses last year can no longer do so,” a South Campus college principal said, on the condition of anonymity.
With the reduction in Honours seats, the cut-offs for these courses might see a jump. “DU is known for its Honours courses. Despite more colleges offering it last year, thousands of students had thronged colleges for admissions, forcing colleges to admit students above the sanctioned strength. Now, with the reduction in seats, cut-offs will go up for Honours courses in order to avoid over-admissions,” the principal added.
Colleges affected by this move include Gargi College, which started offering Economics (Honours) and Mathematics (Honours) last year, Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Sri Aurobindo which were offering English (Honours) and Economics (Honours), and Bharti College which had admitted students in Economics (Honours) and Mathematics (Honours) last year.