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After months of wait and with the admissions season nearing its end, it’s spring time for aspirants of the Delhi School of Journalism. After going through much stress through the bureaucratic conveyer belt, Delhi School of Journalism has finally begun the journey towards its inception. In a press conference held on 23rd August, the chairman of the standing committee on admissions declared the opening of registrations for the coveted course. Let’s take a look at the details of the program on offer.

Course Structure

The course is a five-year integrated course with an exit option at the end of three years. The program will be offered in two different mediums: Hindi and English. It would include four foreign languages as well two Indian languages. The student has to select one foreign language and one Indian language for the course.

The course is designed as per the CBCS scheme. The five-year course will span across 28 Core courses, 2 Compulsory and 2 elective AECC courses, 4 GE courses, four DSEs and a dissertation. The student will be graded on an equal weightage scale with 50% of the credits from Classroom lectures and 50% of credits from assignments, projects and internships.

Career Training

Students will be encouraged to undertake internships at reputed media organisations. The centre plans to have a career and placement cell which will facilitate the internships and campus placements. A special provision has been made wherein the Industry experts conduct workshops or interact with the students.

Admissions Requirements

All the students who have passed class 12th with at least 50% are eligible to apply for the entrance test. The national level entrance test will examine the candidate’s proficiency in General Knowledge and Current affairs, Analytical and Comprehension Skills. Only Sixty students each will be admitted into the course for Hindi and English respectively with regular reservation rules followed by the University.

The entrance test would be held on 17th September 2017 with 9 AM to 11 AM being the test timing for English while 2 PM to 4 PM will be the test time for Hindi. The reiteration fees for the entrance is Rs.500 for General and OBC category while its Rs.250 for SC, ST and PWD category.

Fees and Scholarships available

The fee breaks up for the course as Rs. 39,500 for the first semester and Rs.28,000 for the second semester. Along with the refundable caution money of Rs. 10,000, every student has to pay Rs.77,500 per year.

The toppers of the entrance exams (One each from English and Hindi), toppers of every semester exams and students coming from the remotest part of the country will be provided with scholarships. The School also aims to provide financial aid to 25% of the students on the basis of merit cum means.

Location and Infrastructure

The campus of the School of Journalism is located in the ground floor of the University Stadium building which also houses the Cluster Innovation Centre. The building is fully air conditioned and a state of art media lab cum studio is also in planning for the school.

University Facilities

The students of the School are entitled to use the University Library. The school also provides hostel facilities to outstation students, however, the hostel seats are quite limited.

Although after months of deliberations the Delhi School of Journalism has taken off into the realisation phase, only time will be the perfect judge of its success.

For more information regarding the admissions, fees, FAQs and other details you can visit the website of the School of Journalism here.


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Srivedant Kar

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The University of Delhi is all set to direct colleges to fill up seats in the general category. Instructions for the same are expected to be given to colleges on or before the 7th of August.

This move comes just days after the University conducted its special admissions drive for reserved category students who had not previously enrolled themselves in any DU college. An 8th cut-off list was released on 2nd August for this purpose.

In conversation with TOI, Vijay Kumar Verma, the admissions in-charge at Dyal Singh College, said, “We still have a few seats in the general category. If we get directions to start admissions for general category, we will have a 0.5% reduction in cut-offs.”

Since colleges cannot deny admission to anyone who crosses the required cut-off, it’s uncertain whether there will be a reduction in the cut-off. Even a minor dip of 0.25% for a popular course can lead to over admissions.

Last year, the varsity had released five cut-off lists after which colleges released merit lists in correspondence with vacant seats on their respective websites. Even after the conclusion of the merit lists rounds to fill vacant seats, DU later had to release 3 cutoff lists to fill up nearly 6,500 seats; most of which belonged to reserved category students.


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Vijeata Balani

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The University of Delhi is currently admitting students and has released the eight cut-off list yesterday for admissions in various undergraduate courses. This exclusive drive is meant for students who have not been admitted to any college irrespective of any reserved category under previous cut-off lists even after registration. The admissions for this cut-off list will take place until August 4. A recent press release by the University said, “No fresh registrations will be allowed in the drive.”

This special drive is exclusively for admitting reserved category students. There are a lot of vacant seats under the reserved categories in various colleges and the varsity looks forward to filling up these seats by releasing more cut offs. To ensure reserved category fill the seats, the Delhi University will also issue ninth cut-off list to admit students belonging to reserved categories — SC, ST, OBC, Persons With Disabilities (PWD), Children/Widows (CW) of Armed Forces, Kashmiri Migrants (KM) and students in Sports/Extra Curricular Activities (ECA).

Even in the eighth cut-off list, the highest percentage remains high with 95 for B.Sc Physics (Hons) at the Hindu College for the OBC students. In Hansraj College, the cut-off is 91.5 per cent for OBC students in B.A. Economics (Hons), 86.75 per cent for SC, 79.5 for ST candidates.

You can find the cut off list here. 

For details regarding variation in cut-off percentages, the candidates are advised to contact the respective colleges. The eligible students are further advised to complete their admission formalities in the concerned colleges within the specified time.  Admissions for the general category are closed now. Delhi University will release the ninth cut off on August 7 and the admission will start on August 8.

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Radhika Boruah

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The atmosphere of colleges across the University of Delhi is thick with the repeated mention of freshers’ parties. Conversations reek of both anticipation and bewilderment; two sentiments that newbies are naturally good at emoting, especially so when the takers for the Ms. /Mr. Freshers’ title are so many.

It is more than just okay to want to win the contest because a little adulation does go a long way. Here’s a list of things that you need to keep in mind if you’re in the running to become the Ms. / Mr. Fresher of your college!


  • Stick to the theme: It is absolutely necessary for you to adhere to the theme of the freshers’, if at all there is any. When the Students’ Union along with the able assistance of the advisory board comes up with a theme, after a lot of contemplation, that is, it expects compliance for the same. If you fail to abide by the theme, chances are that you will lose your eligibility as a potential candidate.
  • Preliminary research on the theme: A Freshers’ contest comprises of several rounds, one of which might be a theme specific question and answer round. Just so you are not caught off guard, acquaint yourself well with the theme. For example, if you happen to have a comic-themed freshers’ party, then it is imperative that you know, what building served as the original headquarters for the Fantastic Four and other questions of the like.
  • Maintain a sartorial splendor: Everyone is excited for the Freshers’; so much that their enthusiasm is palpable even from a distance but the thrill must be such that can be contained or it is likely to lead to a wardrobe disaster. Some people tend to let their exhilaration lead them astray. It is important to look tasteful. A wedding makeover is not what the freshers’ demand; rather a subtle stroke of light make up, coupled with a sartorially pleasing piece of clothing, is probably what it does. It is always important to suit the requisites and not go overboard.
  • Hone your skills: A freshers’ contest is incomplete without a show of the various talents. It is necessary/advised for you to have one specialised skill, at the very least. However, as much as it is important to possess an innate (or acquired) ability, honing the same stands at equal footing with its possession. It is always advisable to prepare well, or think, in advance for this round in particular.
  • Be confident: It is the most clichéd advice in the world but also the most significant one. Self-assurance stands head and shoulders above the rest; word has it that a great figure or physique is nice, but it’s self-confidence that makes someone really sexy. (Vivica A. Fox) If you are in the running to become the Ms. /Mr. Fresher, it is an obligation for you to have faith in yourself and your abilities as an individual contestant. Everyone is a little scared but what is important is to not let the agitation show. The focus should be on showcasing the best version of yourself out there, regardless of how much better or worse your fellow competitor is because trust me, everyone is just as new to that moment as you are.



  • Don’t fret: It is essential for you to understand that the panel in front of you is basing its judgment on how well you carry yourself and how bold your personality is. Faintheartedness is very easy to spot and can severely affect your chances of winning. In order to leave an impression on the jury, it is important that you gulp down the nervousness. Even during the question and answer round, make sure to not let your fear get the better of you. Let your conviction speak for itself.
  • Don’t be brash: While it is okay to be assertive, it is not, to be foolhardy. Everyone has their own set of beliefs and convictions and it as much our responsibility as is theirs, to respect them. In situations involving an interaction with the panel, it is a requisition to be accommodating. It is both, disrespectful and reckless to disregard a perspective without hearing an articulate explanation of the same. Understanding the downsides of ideological coercion is paramount in this regard.
  • Don’t confuse it for a beauty pageant: I cannot lay enough emphasis on how absolutely necessary it is for everyone to know that Freshers’ is not a beauty pageant but a personality contest. It is something that should implicitly be understood but needs perpetual reiteration, nonetheless. The contest abides by a very well thought out criteria for selection, which accounts for pretty much everything with the exception of outward beauty. It is especially mandatory for people competing for the title to rid themselves of any pre-conceived notions of the like.

Having said all of the above, it is also always good to remember that freshers’ is meant for the sole purpose of enjoyment.  It is the beginning of a new year, rather a new life, and it should be dealt with just the same!



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Lakshita Arora

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The English Department of the University of Delhi has cut down the number of seats in the master’s programme of English by 30%, while 50% seats are reserved for the DU graduates. According to the first admission list, only 299 students have been admitted as against 425 admitted in the same list last year. The 299 students admitted hail to all categories.

As per the statistics of the entrance-based exam, 73 students who have been offered admission belong to the unreserved category, 42 to the OBC category, 23 to SC, and 12 to ST. These students have gotten admission in renowned colleges like Hindu, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Miranda House, Hans Raj College, Ramjas, Sri Venkateshwara, Jesus and Mary, Kirori Mal College, amongst others.

Remarking on the decision of reduction of seats, Christel Devadawson, professor and head of Department of English at the University, clarifies,

“Last year, our department was alerted along with some others to the fact that there was a significant difference between the total number of seats against the name of the department of English and the sum total of the seats in different colleges which offer a master’s programme in English. Our attention was drawn to this, we were asked to take note of this discrepancy and set it right. Last year, however, was a year when many more paradigm shifts came into position so we did not address the matter last year. This year we addressed this matter. The convenor of the MA committee drew my attention to this, the convenor also spoke, both to his immediate predecessor and to the person who had been the convenor before that. They realised that the department had increased its seat intake without any official justification. Therefore, it was decided that it would be a good idea for the department to return to the original number of seats against the seats called sanctioned strength. Sanctioned strength is the term used to describe the number of seats assigned to each department on the basis of UGC norm. This reduction was done in a very systematic manner. Colleges that had seats below the number 60 for English in MA were not disturbed. Colleges that had an allocation of seats greater than 60, the reduction was made in those by 3-4 candidates in each case. That is how this reversion has been accomplished. I should add that the reverse to the sanctioned strength is not officially termed a ‘reduction’ but I can understand how it might seem to somebody looking at the list. Moreover, people last year mentioned that we weren’t doing justice to our students, we had very large internal assessment battles, we were not able to give individual attention, we had overcrowded class rooms, so this year the proposal came up that to correct our position.”

Today is the last day for the verification of documents, approval of admission, and payment of admission for M.A. English programme. The second list will be released if required by the University as mentioned in the notice.



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Prachi Mehra

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In a recent case of admissions denial, a student was not allowed to take admissions because she had taken up five language courses and two elective courses, as compared to the required three. According to a recent Times of India report, a student who studied seven subjects for her 12th-grade examinations as compared to the standard 5 subjects that most students study, was not allowed admissions in the University. Delhi University’s norms dictate that a student is required to have studied three electives and a language paper. However, the student who passed her senior secondary examination from Central Institute of Buddhist Studies had opted for five language courses out of the seven subjects that she studied.

Speaking to Times of India, Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, the deputy dean of student welfare said, “The admissions would have been possible had she taken up one more elective course.”

Students and teachers at large agree with the fact that the stringent admission measured followed by the University sometimes leads to disqualification of the most deserving. Dr Madhuri Samana, a faculty member at Daulat Ram College said, “In a multilingual setting like ours, this case is a great strength that should be nurtured and not discouraged.” “Delhi University rules are very strict and often deserving candidates are not able to secure admission because of these problems”, said Zeba Shamsi, another student who is applying for PhD this year.

While following the rules is to ensure that no one who is undeserving doesn’t get into the university, but they shouldn’t become walls which prevent the deserving from getting admissions.

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Kinjal Pandey

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In a recent press release published in the University website, Delhi University (DU) has extended the date of admissions based on the fifth cut off till 20th July 2017, i.e-today. Students who couldn’t take admissions in any college due to various reasons can take admissions in colleges today.

After 20th July 2017 , he admissions for the fifth cut off list would be closed.  This would be followed by the sixth cut off which would be announced on 22nd July 2017. Admissions for the same would commence from 22nd July to 25th July. The admissions would be announced for all categories and admissions will take place on all other days except for Sunday.

According to the new release, every student who had registered for admissions for the session 2017-18 with the University and had failed to take admissions in earlier lists due to various reasons will be eligible for admissions in the sixth cut off.

Meanwhile the University has also planned to start a special drive for admissions in the reserved categories. This drive which would take place from 31st July to 5th August would include all the reserved category admissions like SC, ST, OBC, PwD, CW, Kashmiri Migrants and Sports.

While the orientation of some colleges have already taken place, but many other colleges have their orientations lined up for today as the academic season begins. While most of the seats for UG courses have been filled, the University is still in the process to finishing with the Post Graduate admissions which has led to several doubts, if the University would succeed in beginning its new academic season from 20th as declared in its academic calendar.


Srivedant Kar

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If you are a student seeking admissions in Delhi University who has studied one of the Indian languages like Malayalam, Odia, Marathi or any other language then you would face a deduction of 2.5%. This provision in the admission process of the central university has made its way into the national politics with the Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan writing to the Prime Minister and the HRD minister about this language bias being imposed upon students on Tuesday.

Vijayan wrote, “It has been reported that several languages included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution, including Malayalam, are not a part of the Modern Indian Languages list considered by the university. It means they cannot be included in the calculation of the “best of four” marks, which determines the aggregate score for admission into DU.” He added that DU’s admission procedures was thus in violation of the Constitution. “It is a matter of great concern that a Central University is penalising their prospective students on the basis of their language, when it ought to lead by example in ensuring national integration,” the letter further said.

While several languages like Hindi, English, Persian, Sanskrit, Urdu, Bengali and Arabic can be included in the best of four. Other languages are excluded from the list because these are not included in the list of modern Indian languages recognised by DU, and the university does not have departments teaching these subjects.

Meanwhile speaking to Indian Express Prof. Devesh Sinha, dean of colleges said “I am afraid the university is not aware of any such letter. If it comes to us, we will look into it”.

Students and teachers of the University who come from different parts of the country have been demanding the University to pay equal attention to Indian Languages for a long time now. Now with the issue stirring up in national politics and political leaders taking cognizance, they hope that the situation will improve.

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Srivedant Kar

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With the University of Delhi (DU) releasing its fifth cut off list on 17th July 2017, most of the colleges have shut down admissions, barring one or two courses. However, there is still a chance for students from the reserved categories to make it to some of the colleges. On the other hand, hope flares up again for the others, as seats are left vacant due to withdrawals at the last moment in certain courses. The verification of documents, for those seeking admission now, is to be done on 18th and 19th July as the new session commences from the 20th. But the race to grab those remaining seats is pacing on full throttle in the final phase of the admission season.

The Hindustan Times reports that 10% of the seats are yet to be filled, with a marginal dip in cut-offs. Even a popular course such Economics (Hons.), which is unavailable in Hans Raj or Indraprastha College for Women (IPCW), is being offered in Lakshmibai College with 3.5% dip in marks. After several withdrawals, seats are also available at Kirori Mal College (KMC) at a cut-off margin of 96.5%. For B.Com (Hons.), after Ramjas and Sri Venkateswara College (SVC) closed admissions, some seats are still up for grabs at popular girls’ colleges such as IPCW, Kamla Nehru College (KNC) and Gargi.

Aside from Commerce, popular courses of the Humanities are also on offer in colleges such as Hans Raj and Kalindi, which are now seeking candidates to fill up the vacant seats in their much sought-after English (Hons.) course. The cut-off for this course has dropped by 3.5% points. A similar drop is noted in the fifth list for History (Hons.) in KNC, where the cut-off has dropped to 4% points. The highest percentage requirement is at Lady Sri Ram (LSR) College though, which still maintains the margin at 96.25%. The admission for B.A. Programme is closed in most of the well-known colleges such as IPCW, Ramjas and Miranda. However, for Chemistry (Hons.), Gargi, Kalindi and Hans Raj still have spots vacant. Admissions for Mathematics (Hons.) have also reopened in KNC, IPCW and Gargi, post withdrawals.

For aspirants coming from reserved category backgrounds, Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) still offers seats in the much coveted Economics (Hons.) course for Scheduled Caste applicants. It asks for a score of 92.5% for SC candidates, and 86% for Persons with Disabilities. A low cut-off between 40-60% has been kept aside for Sanskrit (Hons.) by several colleges, including Mata Sundri which boasts of the lowest at 45%.

Popular colleges in both the North and the South campus have filled up the seats in most of their courses. Yet, with the fifth cut-off list being released, hopes have renewed for students wishing to make it to one of the prestigious colleges of their choice in DU. The admission season, which has not been without its fair share of hurdles and unforeseen circumstances right from day one, is in the final leg of its journey. And as the season ends, a new batch of eagerly freshers awaits the beginning of college life. But before that happens, there are a few seats still up for grabs as not all hope is lost for DU aspirants.

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Deepannita Misra

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The University of Delhi grabs eyeballs every year between May to July when its admissions process commences and culminates, and every year along with these takeaways, the flaws in the administration system are brought to the fore. This year’s cycle has been highly prone to technical glitches, chaos over the calculation of marks, and an overall ambivalence over the whole process.

Pulling on this thread, a candidate, Paras Nagpal, aspiring to pursue B.Com (Hons.) from the varsity was a victim of this confusion. An ECA applicant, Paras had applied through the Theatre category for admissions. Having scored a 94.25% in his Class 12th Boards, he had temporarily secured admission in Dyal Singh College, after his name came in the merit list released and he ranked 10th out of a total of 100 candidates.

The ECA procedure started with a faint idea about the process a few days back when Paras registered with individual colleges according to the guidelines. As per a list which was announced by Ramjas College on July 14th, his name was among the two candidates selected for Theatre ECA, and with surmounting joy, he proceeded to cancel his admission at Dyal Singh College to withdraw his documents. However, much to his dismay, he was denied admission by the authorities on the grounds that an updated ECA list had been released at 11:30 pm. The new list had replaced him with an applicant in the Dance category, and his name was nowhere to be seen on the tabular sheet. Distraught, he wrote a letter to the Vice Chancellor and the college’s page to look into the unfairly handled matter.

When speaking to DU Beat, he expressed disdainfully how after checking the list once in the evening, he couldn’t have fathomed that a list released around midnight signed and updated on the website would not include his name. The authorities claimed that there was confusion regarding the best of four calculation of the other candidate whose name made it to the list, and after re-evaluation, she ranked higher. The obvious question that despite four cut-off lists, the fact that the best of four calculations were still erroneously done is deeply problematic. He added that on approaching the authorities with this grave mishandling, they held a meeting for about half hour before intimating that the seats have been fully occupied in the B.Com (Hons.) course.

Paras is a resident of Haryana and like many other outstation candidates flocked to the campus when the official admission cycle commenced. After crossing the hurdles of the online application, two rounds of ECA auditions, and an incessant waiting period, all his hopes were pinned on making it through. Now with two days left for the new academic session to commence, he is left with no colleges in his kitty and wishes that the unjust treatment of his case be looked into sincerely.

When probed, we reached out to the officials at Ramjas College. Repeated calls to the College’s authorities went unanswered.

More than two lakh school graduates every year have a desire suppressed in their hearts. A desire to study at a varsity known for grooming people, for rocketing cut-offs, for rewarding cultural fests, and for three years of an all-encompassing college life. Mismanagement and the chaos blemish the beginning lines of this journey.



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Saumya Kalia

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Srivedant Kar

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