For this academic session, the University of Delhi has decided to bring in a number of changes in its admission procedure.
The University of Delhi has introduced a number of changes in various aspects of the admission procedure, which begun on 30 May for various undergraduate courses, for the academic session 2019-20.
Seats and separate cut-offs for EWS
Following the Central government’s decision to reserve 10 percent seats in educational institutions and government jobs for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) across caste and religious backgrounds, which came earlier this year, the varsity has decided to reserve 10 percent seats for the EWS category, taking the total tally to 62,000 seats.
The EWS category will also have a separate cut-off list, The Indian Express reported.
12 sports removed from sports quota list, added to ECA
PTI reported that twelve sporting activities have been removed from the sports quota list. These include yoga, archery (Indian round), ball badminton, baseball (women), softball (men), korfball (men), 4×100 m relay race, cross-country running, cycling, fencing, powerlifting and best physique.
On the other hand, “27 sports under the sports quota that are part of Olympics, World Championship, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Asian Championship and Paralympics have been included.”
Yoga has been added to Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) list instead.
Expansion in list of academic subjects
DU Beat had previously reported about the University’s decision to include all 22 Modern Indian Languages (MIL) – as mentioned in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution – in it’s list of ‘academic subjects’. Along with Hindi, these include Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
Moreover, some subjects offered by state boards, which were previously considered ‘vocational subjects’ have now been added to the academic list, Hindustan Times reported. Among these subjects are Biochemistry from the Jammu and Kashmir board, Civics from the Uttar Pradesh board and Statistics from the Maharashtra board. The list previously contained only subjects taught in class 12 in schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
Earlier, the inclusion of such subjects and some of these languages in the ‘best of four’ score would have resulted in a 2.5 percent deduction from the aggregate score of an applicant. Now, that provision has been removed.
Apart from this, in its ‘Bulletin of Information’, the University has mentioned that if the title of a subject studied by a student does not match with what has been specified in the varsity’s list of subjects, the applicant is required to provide a “content equivalence certificate from the Principal/Head of the Institution last attended, certifying that the paper’s content is equivalent to NCERT Class XII syllabus for that paper. This equivalence certificate must be accompanied by a copy of the syllabus of the paper attested by the Principal/Head of the Institution.” However, the University’s “decision on the matter will be final and binding”, it read.
Scholarships for students whose parents are deceased or unemployed
A press release made by the University on 29 May read, “The University of Delhi is considering to provide full scholarships to the students whose both parents are deceased/unemployed and half fee waiver to those students whose earning member is deceased in order to cover their college/University fee.”
Higher cancellation fee
The varsity has decided to increase the fee for cancelling a secured admission from ?500 to ?1,000 to “ensure students weigh their options and seek admissions” and “to discourage multiple cancellations”, The Indian Express reported. Only one cancellation per cut-off would be allowed.
An online calculator would be available for students to fill their marks, which is being claimed to be mobile-friendly and workable on a 2G network as well.
At an additional price of ?100, students would be able to edit their forms after filling them during the registration process.
The University dashboard will also show the number of seats available and the number of seats taken for a course to which a student is applying so that students “do not end up applying to a college where seats have already been filled”, a report by PTI read.
The University has also tied up with the CBSE to access its database of results from 2014 to 2019, The Indian Express reported.
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