Delhi University has recently decided to offer more Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board centres to students from the upcoming year. The number of centres is to be increased from thirteen to sixteen, thereby increasing the number of seats by about thirty percent.
The Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board at North Campus provides the students with the degree of correspondence but it is different from School of Open Learning in many respects. Only limited colleges offer classes for this course and only women students residing in the National capital Territory of Delhi can enroll themselves as students of the Board. On one hand where the cut off is about ninety percent in B.Com (H) in regular colleges, the students can get admission at seventy percent here.
The centres for NCWEB are the regular colleges itself, wherein classes are held during weekends and other holidays. Out of the thirteen centres at present, twelve are colleges and one is a school. Due to the lack of adequate number of centres, it was reported that the students had faced a lot of problem last year as the number of students who took admission was about ten times the total allotted seats. The authorities had to go through a tough time while organizing classes. Owing to the lack of coordination between Delhi University and the school authorities, the school could be wiped off as a centre from this tear onward with some college replacing it. Currently, B.A., B.Com and M.A. are the kind of courses offered in such an arrangement with 5,590 seats in total. Hans Raj College, Bharti College, Janki Devi Memorial College, Jesus and Mary College, Lakshmi Bai College, Maharaja Agrasen College, Maitreyi College, Mata Sundari College, PGDAV College, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce etc. are among the centres for NCWEB. Also, the students are free to opt for jobs while studying.
Around seventy percent of the students are working at present, which is also encouraged by the Board. Non-Collegiate Centres are the best option, apart from regular colleges, where one can get quality education and other services in the regular colleges. Apart from this, sports and other extra- curricular activities are given prime importance for the overall development of students. Seminars are organized, giving a platform to the students to gain knowledge outside the classroom.