In a bid to implement the National Education Policy, Delhi University affiliated colleges increase seats and introduce new courses for UG and PG
Delhi University, which currently has a total of 70,000 seats for its UG students spread across 63 of its affiliated colleges, is planning to accommodate more students by introducing new courses keeping in line with the new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 for both the undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) programmes at the varsity.
This is in lieu of the varsity’s larger plan to implement the National Education Policy from the academic year 2022, which will also see the return of the much controversial and speculated Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) with Multiple Entry and Exit Points (MEEP). The University has already approved the new programmes to be implemented, which are awaiting approval from the Executive Council of the varsity.
In an earlier conversation with DU Beat, Siddharth Yadav, the State Secretary of ABVP Delhi had said, “We all know that this year, the results for class 12th standard has gone up really high and that’s why the number of aspirants for DU has also increased. So we are going to see a tough competition this year in DU admission. So, to accommodate all the deserving applicants in DU, we are demanding a 10% increase in overall DU seats.” This comment came in lieu of the submission of the ABVP memorandum to the Registrar demanding a 10% increment in the total number of seats in the varsity following the record-breaking scores achieved in this year’s board results.
Hansraj College is likely to increase its seat intake from 50 to 80 seats in its BA programme, alongside introducing two new courses with 30 seats each in the BA (Honors) Journalism and Mass Communication and BA (Honors) Music.
Zakir Husain College (Evening) is also likely to increase its seats by over 600 from the existing total of 69,554 seats.
An anonymous 12th grader from Kolkata, pursuing Humanities told DU Beat, “I had Hindustani Classical Music in my 10th as part of the ISC curriculum and I always wished to pursue Music as a degree in my UnderGraduate. Having a university like Delhi University offer these courses makes it easier for parents of middle class students like me to allow their wards to take these degrees up“.
Another student in class 11, wishing to pursue Journalism said, “Journalism and Mass Communication courses are offered in plenty in India. But there is just one issue. They are offered by private institutions which charge the sky and often as a result we have to go for broader disciplines for our UG. LSR does offer a degree among the top tier colleges but what about us boys? If more colleges follow the lead of Hansraj then it will be so much more convenient for us all.”
Other colleges like Dayal Singh College (Evening), Shyam Lal College, Janaki Devi Memorial College, and Bharati College are planning to begin BSc Computer Science from the new academic year while Ramanujan College will start a BSc in an operational research course.
Deshbandhu College, Bharati College Aditi Mahavidyalaya will introduce undergraduate degree courses with 40 seats each while Vivekananda College will offer MA English with a batch of 12 students, and PGDAV College (Evening) will offer BA English and MA Hindi with 40 and 16 seats respectively.
While this expansion is indeed perhaps a need of the hour, the increment also brings to the fore other pressing and as yet unaddressed problems within the varsity. Since the introduction of the EWS quota since 2019, a lot of seats have been lying vacant there which despite special cut off drives have remained empty. Kashish Shivani, a second year student at Gargi College and also a correspondent at DU Beat said, “Just to accommodate the growing number of students, the existing quality of education (which in itself consists of a plethora of unsolved problems) can’t be compromised. A lot of questions will have to be answered and a lot more issues to be resolved before the University can even think about the increment of seats.“
In other news, Delhi College of Art and Commerce, is also likely to transfer and go under the jurisdiction of the Ambedkar University.
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