With several DU colleges admitting 3 to 4 times more students than their capacity, the quality of learning has suffered. Read on to know how students and teachers are dealing with this difficult situation.
A DU panel report assessing multiple undergraduate programmes has found that the number of students admitted to several courses at both top and lesser-known colleges has far exceeded their available seats. The report, which was published on 8 December 2021, assessed the data of undergraduate courses with the highest number of admissions till the time of its compilation.
Like previous years, top colleges like Hindu College and Miranda House have seen over admission to their most popular courses. Hindu College’s Department of Mathematics admitted 185 students against 45 seats to its Honours course while Physics Hons. at Miranda House has seen 232 admissions against 86 seats.
However, popular courses at lesser-known colleges which set much lower cut-offs have also seen a similar response. BA (Honours) History at Dyal Singh College, for instance, had a relatively low cut-off of 94% and saw a staggering 327 admissions against only 77 seats. Bhagini Nivedita College, a rural college in Najafgarh, had set one of the lowest cut-offs for the popular Political Science Honours programme, at 80 per cent for unreserved seats, and admitted 132 students against 58 seats. PGDAV Evening College set an 88.5 per cent cut-off and admitted 185 students against 56 seats.
Over-admissions occur because DU colleges are obligated to admit every applicant who clears their cut-off for a particular course, it was observed. To attempt to mitigate this problem, colleges have set cut-offs as high as 100%. But even this has been to no avail as for Hindu College’s Political Science Honours course, 146 students cleared the 100% cut-off for unreserved seats in the very first round of admissions. The course is now filled to nearly 300% of its 49-seat capacity.
This overpopulation of classes affects our academics, teachers can’t reply to all the doubts and queries during the class or even take classes and tutorials properly. Although the students have been divided into two classes, the class of about 80 students is far too large. The administration has not done enough to help students and professors deal with the situation.Antony, First-year Political Science Student at Hindu College
We build structures on the basis of a certain sanctioned strength. When the strength goes overboard, accommodating a greater number of students in the same class puts a lot of pressure on resources, especially lab facilities,The Hindu College Principal Anju Srivastava told The Hindustan Times
The nine-member DU panel which has been set up to explore alternative methods of admission to the university has cited rampant over-admissions as one of the reasons the cut-off system must be done away with. A common entrance test has been suggested as an option that would allow colleges to control exactly how many students they admit.
The panel also noted that admissions for Scheduled Tribe students had been “significantly low” in past years. Language courses also saw few admissions, with the report stating, “The committee was of the considered view that applicants may be constructively encouraged to opt for such courses by optimally highlighting their relevance and qualitative importance,”
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