Dilliwale are known for their big hearts and helping nature and Delhi University takes it one step forward during this year’s admission process. The university is known for its various attempts to make education easier for the differently-abled, this year the Equal Opportunity Cell of the University takes it up a notch.
Aspiring students will find free bus rides from the metro station in North Campus and trained volunteers are available to help out with any situation.There are also Braille brochures about admission details and audio recordings of the whole prospectus to help out the visually impaired.
Volunteers will help out the students with filling up forms and counselling sessions. The college prospectus can also be read online on the Equal Opportunity Cell website through a screen reader both in Braille and audio format
.There is also a special advisory that has been drafted which provides useful information like there is a different form for students with disabilities with a list of different types of disabilities and their specifications and a list of necessary documents to be carried by them.
The main aim is to ensure that students don’t face any hurdle because of small reasons like accessibility. Colleges have also been issued notices to make sure that there are a few basic necessities available at their college during the time of admission like help desks, NSS and NCC cadets for assistance, wheelchairs, accessible spaces and teachers on duty to assist any grievance.
With these measures it can only be hoped that the students receive the equal opportunity that they deserve.
With the new party taking over the Human Resource Development ministry, chances are that the controversial four year undergraduate program installed by the University of Delhi might be scrapped. Sources have it, that the HRD ministry is already working out a way so as to incorporate the 4 year program into a 3 year one. BJP had already given hints last year that it might rollback the controversial programme as soon as it comes to power at the centre and it had been included in their manifesto as well.
Last year, there had been much protest when the program set in and it could have been easily removed if such an action would have been brought at the same time. But if FYUP would be scrapped now, it will pose a major threat to students currently enrolled in the existing Four Year batch. Not only will they have to do away with the Foundation courses, which they have already studied in their 1st year, additional disciplinary courses would also have to be incorporated into their syllabus for the next 2 years. Which would in turn mean that a student currently enrolled under FYUP would have to study 6 DC courses per semester. That’s a 3 time increase when compared to the existing burden.
It should also be noted that during the pre poll time period, the BJP had promised that if FYUP wouldn’t be scrapped, they’ll incorporate training and internships in the last year so that it might not go wasted. Another proposal which may bring down the burden on students has been given by Delhi University Teacher’s Association (DUTA), in which, by doing away with the 2 Foundation Courses, 2 more Disciplinary Courses (DCs) will be added along with the existing DCs in the 3rd and 4th semester. Such a move will incorporate the whole program into 3 years. Seeing the scenario, it seems a better option than scrapping the whole program since a year has already passed.
De Facto, if one may recall, the protests against FYUP were not due to its 4 year term but due to the hurriedly introduced Foundation Courses which many termed as ‘elementary school level’ subjects. But since the new ministry is planning to scrap the whole program, it seems that students will have to suffer the consequential burden. But there are other reasons which might pose a problem in the scrapping of FYUP. The Bachelors of Science (B.Sc.) program which had been changed into Bachelors of Technology (B.Tech.) requires a minimum of 4 years to serve a B.Tech. degree. If the whole program is scrapped, then the above course will also have to be reverted back into its original form, which would simply mean playing with the future of the students currently studying for a degree in Bachelors of Technology.
To top it all, the University Grants Commission is already putting pressure on the university to either scrap the FYUP programme or the Honours degree it is giving under the old 3 year semester mode through the School of Open Learning. Since the UGC’s rules require a university to give only 1 type of degree, either SOL will have to start giving degrees for only certificate courses or DU will have to do away with the FYUP programme.
Whatever happens next would be significantly life changing for the students currently enrolled under FYUP. I hope the new government takes a step which might not hamper the future prospects of these students.
Notice for people travelling by car:Vehicular movement will be restricted from Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station to Delhi School of Economics on Chhatra Marg and on GTB Khalsa Road (North Campus) from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm w.e.f. 2nd June to 16th June 2014 (except 8th & 15th June 2014 being Sunday).
Parking of the private vehicles would be owners’ responsibility at their own risk. Only the vehicles with valid University stickers will be allowed entry.
3. Common Admission forms/OMR Forms:
1.These will be available at the Information Centres mentioned above from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm excluding Sundays.
2.The Online Pre-admission form is common for all the courses listed in the form and valid for all colleges except Stephen’s College and Jesus & Mary College.
3. The OMR form is common for all colleges except St.Stephens and Jesus and Mary College. Contact the college for the form.
4. Only photograph required during filling application.
Cost of the offline form:
For General Category – Rupees One Hundred and Fifty (Rs. 150/-)
For SC/ST Category – Rupees Seventy (Rs. 70/-).
The form will go live on the University website: www.du.ac.in
The Delhi High Court has passed the plea filed by Mata Sundari College for Women to allow the four minority colleges to exempt the 27% reserved seats for the students from Other Backward Classes (OBC) category.
The minority colleges include Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Guru Gobind Singh College, and Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College including Mata Sundari College for Women. These colleges come under Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), constituted under the Delhi Sikh Gurdwaras Act.
In August 2011, the above mentioned colleges won minority status which allowed them to exempt 50% reservation from other categories. Earlier this week Mata Sundari College for Women appealed to the High Court to exempt the 27% OBC quota.
In response to why only the OBC quota has been removed, Dr. Kawaljit Kaur, principal of the college said, “It is the order of the court. As the minority status has not been confirmed yet, we had to seek for the exemption from the court for the OBC quota. As of now, only temporary relief has been given to the college only for this year. Till now, we have not received any order in written from the court. We have only read about this in the newspaper.”
According to her, the OBC reservation should not be applicable to the minority institutions because their management is seeking for a minority status under which 50% can be reserved for their own minority but the college does not plan to remove SC/ST quota.“We have been admitting SC/ST and People with disability (PWD) students all this time and we will continue this practice.” She said.
Since the 27% seats from the OBC quota have been exempted, Dr. Kawaljit Kaur said that these seats will now be distributed among the General category candidates.“Since it has not been confirmed, we will be admitting minority students with a little relaxation in their marks as per the previous years.” She added.
Delhi University in a bid to make the process of admission more easier for prospective students has imbibed technology to devise an app called DU UG Admission 2014-2015. The app has been designed by Dr. Gurpreet Singh Tuteja for Android users and can be downloaded from the University website. The need for the app says Dr.Tuteja was eminent. “When you are on the website, there is a lot of information that you don’t want to see but on app it is specific. Students carry mobiles everywhere and with this app all information related to admission will be on their fingertips,” he says.
While it took Dr. Tuteja three months to develop the template, his students helped him check all the URL’s in the app. The salient features of the app are that all the information needed during the admission process has been segregated properly, the facility of Google maps has been employed to provide locations of colleges and the app gets continuously updated with the latest information on admission. ” The app gets its feeds directly from the website and Google, so if there is something on the website then it will be on the app,” says Dr. Tuteja.
The app will also provide the students link to directly fill the online pre- admission form. This facility will be released on Monday when the offline pre- admission forms will also release. To download the app: Go to the following link from your phone’s browser:
Day six of the DU Open Day Program organised by the Dean of Students’ Welfare Association, held at the Conference Centre, North Campus saw a room full of class twelfth students aspiring to become a part of the University of Delhi, along with their parents.
After an introduction by Mr. J. M. Khurana (Dean, Students’ Welfare Association), student volunteers, Anam and Kuldeep, presented a slide-show which informed the aspirants about the courses provided by the University, the admission process, criterion and eligibility, entrance tests, hostel facilities, reservation and the documents required in the admission process.
Dr. Anju Gupta, Director of Non Collegiate Women’s Education board (NCWEB) addressed the gathering and informed the aspirants about the NCWEB and the service it does to women who want work to support their family and also study side-by-side. The Board has thirteen centres a over Delhi, such as Bharti College in Janak Puri, Hans Raj College in North Campus and Jesus and Mary College in the South Campus. Courses provided by the Board are B.A. Programme and B. Com. She also mentioned how one of her students is a University topper, despite working as a teacher in a government school and supporting her family. NCWEB classes are held only on Sundays and the students have the rest of the week off to work. The students, however, cannot pursue another degree alongside their NCWEB course, which is a three-year annual system course.
The Principal of Aditi Mahavidyalya, Dr. Kalpana Barara spoke to audience about her college, the courses it offers and the facilities it provides. Apart from the college profile, she also advised the aspirants to choose the course over the college.
Kalindi College’s Principal, Dr. Anula Maurya also talked about her college and its upcoming hostel and sports complex facilities.
All the speakers pressed the fact that all colleges of the University are at par regarding the education and the opportunities they provide.
The session was a success and ended with the answering of queries put up by the aspirants and their parents via chits.
On Saturday, 24th May 2014, Open day organized by the Dean of Student’s Welfare Association was held at SP Jain Centre in South Campus. The auditorium was jam-packed with aspiring students, parents and members of the organizing committee, twenty minutes before the program actually started. Dr. Dinesh Varshney , Deputy Dean- Student’s Welfare, South Campus, commenced the interaction session by introducing the student volunteers and the speakers.
The student volunteers gave a presentation introducing the University, courses offered, admission criterion and eligibility. The presentation also highlighted the schedule of admission, admission information centres, documents required at the time of admission, reservations, hostel facilities and entrance tests.
Following the presentation, Dr Minoti Chatterjee, Principal of Kamala Nehru College, addressed the gathering. She advised “Students should look at all the college websites, read the prospectus of various colleges, visit the college campus if time allows, choose a college which is nearby their residence and choose the course rather than the college”. She also talked about the exit points of the FYUP.
Prof. Avinashi Kapoor (Joint Dean Students Welfare) greeted the turnout. He said “Our education system doesn’t stimulate all 500 neurons; there is still lot to be done with the system. It is a misnomer that FYUP is very different from what other universities of India provide. In fact, it is something in addition.”
After Prof. Kapoor’s talk, Dr. Gyantosh Jha (Principal, ARSD College), Dr. Ajay Arora (Principal, Deshbandhu College) and Dr. Purabi Saikia (Principal, Bhagini Nivedita College) addressed the mass. They discussed FYUP, the Discipline Courses, the advantages of major and minor subjects under FYUP, facilities provided by the University.
The first session ended with the doubt clearing round, where Dr. Gulshan Sahani answered queries of the students and parents, followed by the second and third session. “The session was informative, almost all our queries are solved. The only thing I could say is that it should have been more elaborate discussion on the course content rather than focusing on the university” says Kanika Kalra, a student aspirant.
On the second Open Day conference, Dr. Anju Gupta, Director of NCWEB (Non Collegiate Women Education Board) addressed the Delhi University aspirants. The NCWEB offers BA and BCom courses to working women in Delhi. While degrees are not awarded to the students, diploma courses can be opted for. The classes are held on the weekend and no internal assessment is done.
Following that, Dr. Supriya and Dr. Shobha from the Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) informed the DU aspirants about B. Tech Humanities and B. Tech Innovation with Mathematics and IT.
The information regarding both the courses is as follows:
The CIC form needs to be filled between June 24 and July 24. The entrance test will be conducted on June 27. The admission process also includes an interview.
The applicant will have to enroll himself/herself in any course and college in Delhi University to be eligible to apply for admission to these courses.
For semester I, students will have to choose one core subject in the CIC center.
For semester II, students will have to take two papers in any college where such courses are available.
For B. Tech Innovation with Mathematics and IT, the applicant needs to have Mathematics in 12th standard.
The merit list will be issued on the basis of an entrance test.
The CIC form needs to be filled on June 24-July 24. The entrance test will be conducted on June 27. The admission process also includes an interview.
The Delhi University Open Day Program being organised by the Dean of Student’s Welfare Association had its second interaction with admission seeking students and their parents on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014. The main agenda of the day was simplification of the admission procedure, solving of frequently arising queries and familiarizing the students to the working of other DU projects like Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) and Non Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB).
The day began with a doubt clearing session with Welfare Association volunteers, which was followed by a presentation of admission norms and address by Ms. Savithri Singh (Principal, Acharya Narendra Dev College, DU), Dr. Suprita and Ms. Shobha ( Cluster Innovation Cell in-charges of B.Tech in Humanities and B.Tech in Mathematics & Information Technology) and Professor Khurana, who addressed the common doubts of admission seekers.
Basic Guidelines for admission in Delhi University for under-graduation courses (2014)
While addressing the audience at Conference Centre, North Campus, Professor Khurana said, “The introduction of F.Y.U.P. has been a landmark incident, which brought tremendous rise in applications to Delhi University from 175000 applicants of 2012 to a quarter less than 3 lac applications in 2013. The degree awarded at end of three years is considered equivalent to an under graduation degree, after which students are eligible for employment, MBA or UPSC/ SSC/CGS exams. The fourth year is for students seeking specialization in the subject.”
Apart from this, the following key points related to admissions were discussed on the second Open day of university of Delhi.
Stage One: The Pre-Admission Form
1. There will be a common pre-admission form in the O.M.R. format for all the colleges of University of Delhi, except Jesus and Mary College and St. Stephen’s College, which shall have different application forms available at college premises/ websites.
2. The issue of application forms begins from June 2nd and goes on till June 16th, 2014 (all days except Sundays from 9 A.M to 1 P.M.) and forms shall be available from and submitted at the 18 Admission Information Centres spread in all parts of Delhi.
3. The form should be filled accurately, without cutting/over writing in blue or black ball point ink. Leave a space blank between name and surname, indicate against category/ status of result/ gender clearly.
4. The admission seekers can also apply online at www.du.ac.in, the facility shall be available throughout the day from June 2nd to 16th, 2014.
5. The students shall not be required to submit any documents whatsoever at the time of filling the pre-admission form, except of self attested passport size photograph(s).
6. Any form received by the means of postal delivery shall be summarily rejected. The forms either need to be manually submitted or filled online.
7. Students with Compartment in Board exams or whose result is awaited can also fill in the pre-admission form. The admission, however shall be a subject to the fulfillment of minimum eligibility criterion of the college in which admission is desired.
8. Students belonging to SC/ST/O.B.C./ General category shall be required to indicate their status in the pre-admission form if they so wish to avail the benefit of.
9. However, admissions to colleges by E.C.A./ Sports quota is subject to college’s individual rules and requires the candidates to fill in separate forms for each college. Remember, it is advisable to fill the common pre-admission form as well along with the individual colleges’ E.C.A. oriented forms. If the admission on basis of quota is not awarded, the student can still seek general admission in other colleges.
10. A student can circle as many courses as he wishes to in the pre-admission form. Encircling the courses, automatically makes his registration applicable in all DU colleges that house those courses. One common admission form shall be filled in for all courses.
Stage Two: Computation of Eligibility Criterion/ percentage
a) For selection in Mathematical Sciences/ Science courses
On the basis of marks in P.C.M./ P.C.B. or P.C.M.B. ( P – Physics, C – Chemistry, B – Biology, M – Mathematics)
b) For selection in Humanities/Commerce courses
On the basis of ‘Best of Four’ Percentage which includes:-
i) One compulsory Language subject.
ii) the Discipline- 1 subject; subject in which admission is sought.
iii) Any two elective subjects, the status of elective subjects, defined as follows.
The 40 Discipline One subjects offered by Delhi University (considered – Elective subjects for purpose of admission)
– In boards, where commerce is not taught, the subject of ‘Accounts’ shall be considered as the replacement elective subject.
– The student wishing to pursue Commerce, shall be no longer required to have studied Mathematics in Class 12th. However, the students wishful of pursuing Economics are required to have studied Maths in class 12th. Though, it can be avoided in computation of ‘Best of Four’ percentage.
– The student who hasn’t studied the subject he wants to take up as Discipline – 1, shall suffer a disadvantage of 2 percent.
– Any student who hasn’t studied three elective/academic subjects in class 12th, shall incur a disadvantage of 10% of maximum marks (0.1*100 = 10 marks) on each non elective subject included in ‘Best of Four’ percentage.
c) For selection in Honors degree in Business Management.
Equal weight shall be given to the merit i.e. Class 12th Boards result as well as an Entrance test. (Schedule for registration and conduct to be announced shortly.)
Stage Three: The Cut Off Lists (beginning from June 24th, 2014)
1. The cut off lists shall begin to be released from Tuesday, June 24th, 2014, three working days including the date of issue of list shall be allowed for admission procedure and payment of fees in the first five lists, and time of two days for admission in subsequent five lists.
2. Once student has missed seeking admission to a particular college in first cut off slot, the student shall not be allowed to be admitted to the college on basis of any any subsequent cut off lists, even if the required eligibility percentage has fallen down.
3. There shall be separate percentages indicated for candidates from SC/ST/O.B.C./ General categories in each cut off list.
Stage Four: The Process of Admission
1. At the time of admission, the admission seeking candidate shall be required to be present in the college campus along with self attested copies of the following documents.
a) Class Xth & XIIth Mark Sheet.
b) Class Xth Pass Certificate.
c) Class XIIth Pass Certificate (Provisional).
d) Character Certificate.
e) Transfer Certificate.
The documents shall be verified, and once the fees is paid, the admission procedure is completed.
2. Additionally, the students applying for SC, ST or O.B.C. Category shall be required to produce the concerend certificates to avail the benefit at time of admission. Remember, such a certificate should be in the admission seeker’s name, not in the name of parents.
Also, the O.B.C. category certificate should clearly indicate the non creamy layer, the candidate belongs to.
3. If after admission to a particular college, the student becomes eligible for a better college/course in succeeding cutoff lists, the first admission will have to be withdrawn and the college authorities shall return the certificates to the candidate with no delays.
4. If at any time, a student is found to be admitted to more than one college/ in more than one course, both the admissions shall be deemed to be canceled.
“It is indeed an informative exercise, clarifying the requirements and procedures of admission to the University. Something like this was required and had been missing, when my elder son was looking for admission here.” said, Ms. Sangeeta, the mother of an aspiring DUite.
The Open days go on for eight more days, with the next two days venue being located in the South campus.
For the detailed schedule of Delhi University open days and list of speakers, click here.
Delhi University’s School of Open Learning will start its admission procedure from May 27 which will continue till August 14. According to the newly implied changes, the admission process this year will be both online and offline. The applicants who miss the last day of form submission can apply till September 1 by paying Rs. 200 as late fee.
As told to Indian Express, C.S Dubey, the Chairperson of SOL said, “In order to encourage students to apply online, students will not have to pay any application fee.” Talking about decentralizing the application process, Dubey added, “We are trying to decentralize the application process. It will be easier for people who come all the way and stand in queues for hours.”
The online application will be available for English, Political Science and B. Com in honors courses. While both online and offline application option is available for BA and B. Com program courses. Payment of the application can also be made through branches of State Bank of India.
The study material which the students get at the time of admission will likely be distributed via pen drives this year, although hard copies will be available for economically weaker students. The study material for SOL is also expected to be made available online. There are also the chances of increment in fee by Rs. 350 in SOL.
“We have procured one hundred computers and laptops and we have set up interactive boards in 10 rooms in SOL. All lectures are going to be video-recorded and put on the website,” Dubey said in a statement given to Indian Express.