Various undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) courses may not begin this year in the University of Delhi (DU).
30 UG and PG courses that were to begin in about 20 colleges may not commence from this academic session. It has also been speculated that due to various technical difficulties, the admissions to regular courses would also be delayed further.
The Academic Council which had initiated this decision of introducing 30 courses in 20 colleges in the month of January this year, had approved to introduce the following courses in various colleges:
- B.A. (H): Bhim Rao Ambedkar College
- B.A. (H) Economics: Dyal Singh College(Eve), Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College
- B.A. (H) Philosophy: Hansraj College
- B.A. (H) Psychology: Lakshmi Bai College, Bhaskaracharya College
- B.A. (H) History: Dyal Singh College
- B.A. (H) Political Science: Bhim Rao Ambedkar College
- B.A. (H) Hindi Journalism and Mass Communication: Jesus and Mary College
- Bsc Environmental Science: Vivekananda College, Indraprastha College
- M.A. English: Shri Gurunanak Dev College
- M.A. Hindi: Shri Venkateshwara College, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College
- M.Sc. Operational Research: Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Keshav Mahavidyalaya
“The council has also approved ten more vocational courses in some colleges from the upcoming session,” Professor Hansraj Suman, a member of the Academic Council stated.
There has also been an increase in the number of seats in colleges; with the B.A. (Programme) seats being increased from 40 to 200 in Hansraj College in the next session. Aditi Mahavidhalaya has also increased the number of seats in B.Sc. (Programme) from 55 to 80. The college will also have 50 more additional seats for B.Com (H), the minutes of the council mentioned.
Mr Suman further said that even though these courses have been approved, the admissions may have difficulties as the Principals of these colleges have not been able to appoint teaching faculties. However, it is mandatory for the colleges to run these courses from the next academic session. He further added that the colleges can take loan from the Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA), if needed, to pay the new teachers.
“It’s terrible news because the competition for Operational Research (OR) has always been very high. The introduction of more seats would have surely helped with making it into the course more easily.” Joel Mathew, a student who has been preparing for the entrance test for OR said. This news has surely been a blow to entrance aspirants with respect to the PG course.
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