DU to offer two new courses

NEW DELHI MAY 29. Two new courses are in the offing for students at Delhi University this year at the undergraduate level. Announcing this at a press conference here yesterday, the Delhi University Vice-Chancellor, Deepak Nayyar, said the courses - B.Sc. (Gen) course in Computer Science being offered by Dyal Singh College and B.A. (Hons) in German, French, Hispanic and Italian Studies - would be available as full-time courses in the non-formal stream.

Delhi University is also planning to soon introduce a B.E. in Information Technology, which will be at par with the engineering courses offered by Delhi College of Engineering. The four-year course, to be introduced during the present academic year, is awaiting approval of the Academic Council.

Application forms for admission to various Delhi University colleges will be available from June 5. A place in any of the Delhi University colleges will, however, depend on whether a student has crossed the 60 per cent barrier.

``Though there were cases of students with lesser marks managing admission in some colleges last year, with the number of seats available being limited, students with lesser marks are not likely to get admission in the course and college of their choice,'' said Prof. Nayyar.

The university has around 45,000 seats in all. While 5,000 of these are available in the professional courses, a little over 40,000 seats will be available in the regular stream. Last year had seen 1,11,689 students take admission in various streams of Delhi University.

While colleges like St. Stephen's continue to accept their own forms, Prof. Nayyar said colleges that have been accepting the centralised forms would continue to do so. This will also be the first year that Delhi University will hold an orientation programme for SC/ST candidates on June 3 and 4 at the Sir Shankar Lal Concert Hall.

The two-hour programme will provide information on the availability of seats, medium of instruction, combination of subjects and guidance on central registration among other things.

Two grievance committees, one each in the North and South campus, have also been set up for general students this year. Meanwhile, application forms for admissions to the School of Correspondence Courses will be available from June 26.

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