Students will not be at a disadvantage if the subject they want to take up for undergraduate courses was not part of their school curriculum, officials at Lady Shri Ram College said on Wednesday.
On the second day of admissions at Delhi University, college officials said the additional criteria put in place this year will not affect students who didn’t have the option of taking up a particular subject in school. There is a two per cent negative marking for those taking up a subject they did not have in their Class XII.For all applicants
For instance, someone who wants to take up Political Science (Honours) should have taken the subject in Class XII and included the marks in their best of four or face a two per cent negative mark. But, for courses like Journalism and Philosophy, which are not offered at the school level, the negative marking will in place be for all applicants.
“We are just following the university’s orders and we have to do it uniformly. We can’t follow the two per cent negative marking in Economics and not in Journalism. This will not affect students as the cut-offs will come down for everyone in the second list,” said Dr. Prabha Rani, LSR’s convenor of admissions.
She added that if students had a problem with this they could take it up with the university.
On Wednesday, the college saw many students who were hoping they get a chance in the second list. One such student, Neha Chandra, said she took admission in Kamala Nehru College’s Journalism programme because of the negative marking.
“I missed the cut-off by just one per cent at LSR because I didn’t have Journalism as a subject in Class XII, but I am hopeful of making it in the second list,” said Ms. Chandra.
Apart from some students complaining about this rule, college officials said admissions were going on smoothly.
“The only additional criterion that we have put in place on our own is that students applying for B.Com should have Maths. The university had removed this but had left it for colleges to decide. We decided to retain it as it was the demand of our B.Com Department,” said Dr. Rani.