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Updated: May 9, 2014 10:40 IST

Delhi University promises to keep admissions simple, centralised

Vijetha S. N.
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Delhi University admission season, known in the past for its complications, ensuing confusions and long processes, is all set to begin on June 2, with the University promising simplification and centralisation at almost all the levels of the procedure.

Cut-offs too might increase this year with colleges now not being allowed to have any additional eligibility criteria apart from the uniform criteria to be set by the University.

Vocational courses

Also, vocational courses done in Class XII will be considered an academic course if the subject is offered as an honours course.

Women applicants in colleges in certain areas can be given consideration or advantages, but will have to contact and take prior permission from the University first.

Around 10 cut-off lists have been sanctioned by the University to go on till July 21 and more cut-offs if colleges are unable to fill seats. However, colleges will have to take permission from the University first.

“Before the cut-offs usually came out like this — ‘85-90 per cent’ in many of the colleges. When students went there, they usually discovered that if they had taken a particular subject in school they would have to have a higher percentage. And each college had its own criteria, resulting in confusion,” said Malay Neerav from the Dean Students’ Welfare Office.

“Also, vocational courses can be counted among the best of four subjects. But around 10 per cent will be deducted from the subject for admissions. If a student includes two, then 20 per cent will go and 30 per cent for three. Also, for the fourth language course, we have allowed the student to include a functional language too. But then again, five per cent will be deducted,” he added.

If a student’s paper in the vocational course is 70 per cent theory and 30 per cent practicals, and the subject is offered as an undergraduate honours course in the university, then the vocational course is considered a core course like physics and mathematics.

This year, students not having mathematics as a subject will not be able to apply for mathematics, statistics and economics honours courses. However, for the economics course, it is not necessary to include it while calculating best of four. In the language honours courses too, this method will be used.

Advantage and disadvantage

“If a student wants English (honours) and he has taken elective English in Class XII, he will have an advantage of two per cent. That is, if he scores is 86 per cent, it will be considered 88 per cent. And, functional English students will have a disadvantage of two per cent. Core English students will not have any advantage or disadvantage,” he added.

The admissions last year saw several colleges turn away eligible candidates. “The rule that every student who has applied and meets the cut-offs has to be admitted still stands. To prevent a repeat of last year, we will keep a closer tab and solve issues the very day we receive a complaint,” Mr. Neerav added.

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