An undergraduate admissions guideline has once again been the source of confusion, disappointment, and despair amongst the aspiring students. The varsity is putting into effect a deduction of 2.5% for the inclusion of languages such as Nepali, Tamil, Malayalam, Odia, Kannada, and Marathi in the Best of Four percentage, as they are not counted as academic subjects.

A DU aspirant came to secure her seat in the University for Honours in Geography from Darjeeling and was able to successfully get her documents verified. She was told to check the online portal and pay the fees after 4 pm. However, she soon received a call from the college officials that she is not eligible for admission as the inclusion of Nepali in her Best of Four would attract a deduction of 10 marks; thus, leading her to wait for the fourth cut-off list.

Despite being listed in the Eight Schedule of the Constitution, an official explained that these regional languages are not counted under the Modern Indian Languages (MIL) list of the varsity. Thus, their inclusion would lead to a deduction of marks from the percentage.

The language imposition is also echoed in state boards, wherein students often opt for their native language as an elective subject. The Indian Express quoted a student from the Kerala Board who had to modify the permutations of his subjects in order to successfully secure admission in Hindi College in the second list. He said, “I scored above 90 in Malayalam but still faced a deduction. So I added English, History, Political Science and Economics instead.”

The varsity, however, rationalises this deduction policy as a lack of departments concerning the aforementioned languages. “The course admission committee of each department decides eligibility criteria on what can be included in the ‘best of four’. That is approved by the admission standing committee. I have nothing to do with this,” says Ashutosh Bhardwaj, OSD Admissions.

However, the need to update the MIL list has been recognised by the varsity’s faculty which is necessary to conform to the ‘central’ aspect of the University, and cater to the plethora of students who come from several backgrounds. “To maintain the central character of the university, DU can make these changes. Banaras Hindu University, also a central university, includes Nepali and has several other language departments,” said Saroj Giri, a political science teacher at DU.

Previously, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has also written to the University to allow the inclusion of Home Science, Legal Studies, and Informatics Practice in the best of four without any disadvantage. Sanam Khanna, an English lectures Kamala Nehru College, urges the boards to write to the varsity. She says, “The university just has to get an amendment in the executive council and say that languages listed in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution also need to be included in the university admission process. If not this, the state boards, CBSE and others should write to the university.”

The matter was further discussed in the executive council meeting of the varsity, which took place on July 3rd. Rakesh Jha, a member of the Council, remarked, “During zero hour, I had said it is important to allow students to include modern Indian languages in the ‘best of four’. Not allowing this will discourage students from opting for these languages during their Plus Two.”

Every academic year, the University of Delhi undertakes most applicants for sixty programmes through a merit-based mechanism. The admissions are conducted on the basis of the best of four percentage secured in the Class XII Board examinations. The criteria for calculating the Best of Four percentage varies across courses; the similarity being regarding the inclusion of one language in the said percentage. The permitted languages which can be included in the BoF are: Hindi, English, Persian, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Urdu, Bengali, and Arabic.


With inputs from The Indian Express

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Saumya Kalia

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One of the great reasons why Delhi University is way ahead than other universities in India is the advancement in its courses. There are courses beyond the realm of conventional and mainstream subjects like Economics and Commerce, etc. These include language and vocational courses. The language courses have been embraced as a part of academics in many colleges. For vocational courses, Delhi University took a bigger step and established an institution called College of Vocational Studies. These courses are of three years and one graduates with the complete knowledge of the subject, both theoretically and practically.

Following is a list of all the language and vocational courses in Delhi University.

Language Courses

1. B.A. (Honours), M.A., M. Phil, PhD

There are a number of languages that you can get a degree in from the above options. These include French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Bulgarian, Japanese and the Chinese language.
For taking up any of these as your major, you need to clear an entrance test. For some of the languages, you also be interviewed.

The languages are divided into different departments and the contact numbers and office addresses can be found in the following links.

For Russian and Bulgarian, you need to contact the Department of Slavonic and Finno-Ugrian Studies.

For French, Spanish, German and Italian, you should contact Department of Germanic and Romance Studies.

For Japanese and Chinese, Delhi University has the Department of East Asian Studies.

2. Diploma/Advanced Diploma

Delhi University offers a Diploma degree in German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Romanian, Swahili, Pali, Tibetan, Modern Arabic and some European languages. In the case of some languages, you need to have passed a Certificate course for Diploma. For advanced diploma, a Diploma in the same language is mandatory. The admission process of these courses starts after the regular admissions and classes start from August.

The links for the departments of these languages are as follows:-

Department of Germanic and Romanian Studies- French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian

Department of Slavonic & Finno-Ugrian Studies- European Languages

Department of African studies- Swahili

Department of Buddhist studies- Pali and Tibetan
For more details: http://www.du.ac.in/du/index.php?page=buddhist-studies

Department of Arabic- Modern Arabic
For more details: http://www.du.ac.in/du/index.php?page=arabic

3. Certificate Courses

DU also offers certificate courses for those who wish to learn a language beyond their main subjects. People can apply to any of these courses right after class 12th. Graduates and post-graduates can also apply and the course lasts for an entire year. Several colleges in Delhi University offer these courses, some of which include Kamla Nehru College, Daulat Ram College, CVS, etc. The admission process of these courses starts after the regular admissions and classes start from August. You can study these languages even while studying another regular course at DU!


Vocational Courses

College of Vocational Studies offers around seven different vocational courses. Under each of these, you are provided with all the theoretical knowledge accompanied by industrial visits. You get rigorous training in the course you pursue and get a job easily right after graduating. The cutoffs for these courses range between 70-85%.

These are some of the courses that this college provides.

  • Tourism
  • Office Management and Secretarial Practice
  • Management and Marketing of Insurance
  • Small and Medium Enterprise
  • Materials Management
  • Human Resourse Management
  • Marketing Management and Retail Business

The vocational courses do not have any entrance tests and students are admitted solely on the basis of 12th Boards percentage.
If you have time on your hands and wish to do something different, then these courses offer immense opportunities. People who wish to become an entrepreneur and start a business of their own or wish to become a proficient in a certain language should definitely enroll for any of these courses.


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Sudisha Misra
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If you’re one of the many students aspiring to study in the prestigious institutes in Germany, learning German is pivotal. These programmes require students to have a good command of the language. Hence, the question arises: How much time does it take to learn German?

The answer is actually quite straight-forward. It just requires, of course, a little planning, but if you are prepared to spend about 4-6 hours in class each week, you will soon be able to have your first conversations in German. Heiko Pfeiffer, Head, Language Must, a language institute based in Shahpur Jat, tells us more:

“I need German A1 Level” (3 months) – This is easy. Plan about 3 months to get it done. At Goethe Institute, this level equals one semester of German. When studying with us, this is a 50 hour course and takes about 8-10 weeks. The A1 exam is very manageable if you prepare with a little focus.

“I need German A2 Level” (6 months) – Plan about 6 months (or 2 semesters) to get this done in a group. We teach A1 & A2 within 100 hours (2 courses).

At the initial levels A1 & A2, students learn to communicate familiar, routine topics, such as introducing themselves, asking for directions and going shopping. By completing these two levels, you will experience that you will not feel like a total stranger in Germany. Asking for help or reading signs at the station, while shopping or reading instructions will be easy for you. You will be able to make yourself understood, express your needs and to exchange information on common and familiar topics. Especially – but not only – in smaller German cities, this will be a huge plus point.

“I need German B1 Level” (9 months) – Plan about 9 months (or 3 semesters) to accomplish B1. We teach these 3 levels within 150 hours or, if you have already completed A2 level, in 50 hours.

“I need German B2 Level” (15 months) – This level is slightly more challenging. As an absolute beginner you should plan about 15 months (or 5 semesters) to accomplish B2 level. B2 is split into 2 courses: B2.1 and B2.2, taking 1 semester each.

As students progress through B1 & B2 levels, they learn to express themselves in more complex situations, e.g. stating and explaining their opinions. Developing a feel for the language, students communicate with increasing fluency and require less help during conversations.

“I have completed this level but need help passing the exam” – If you are struggling to prepare your exam, or are still unsure about any of the exam modules (that is speaking, writing, reading or listening), you can go for tailor-made exam preparation classes. Ranging in between 10-20 hours, our teachers can help you overcome your specific challenges with German. Often it is not necessary to redo an entire course to pass the exam. Tailor-made German classes help you achieve your goal more effectively.

The examinations for the official German certificates, proving that you have acquired a certain proficiency of German (A1, A2, B1, B2, etc.), can only be taken at Goethe Institute (Max Mueller Bhavan in India). There are a number of Goethe Institutes all over India (for example in Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Chandigarh). Call your closest centre to find out about the next exam dates.

While learning German from the Goethe Institute is the most common way to learn German, learning from our language school, Language Must, has other advantages:

– Teachers from Germany: Native Speakers
– Small Groups of only 4-8 Students, starting whenever demand is there
– Customised Groups available, offering you flexibility with your schedule

To find out about the next opportunities to learn German, please go to our website to view Upcoming Courses or call us at 011-2648 1817.

Heiko Pfeiffer
(Head, Language Must)

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R U 1 of dose whu type lyk dis?

If you are, disclaimer: All items in this article are purely coincidental and are not intended to harm or offend anyone from any background, religion or gender.

I understand that it’s the technological era and we live in the ‘SMS language’ world. But now that we have smart phones and QWERTY keypads on almost all phones, why would anyone want to use short hands anymore?

Guys, let me tell you a secret (applies to girls too actually). Typing in short forms is turn off. And bad grammar is even more so. Yes, I’m one of those people who correct their partner’s grammar while he’s being romantic with me. Yes, I know I totally kill the moment but dude, the grammar kills it before I do!

I was in class yesterday and I was trying to decipher what my chemistry teacher meant half the time while she was speaking. ‘You should be write’, ‘that phenomenon will be occur’ or ‘this is the belongs to’ are just some of the phrases which totally killed my concentration regarding more important facts. Microsoft Word underlines these phrases in green proving that it is not right to murder English like this!

Yes, English can be confusing at times. Specially the pronunciation part. Like why is ‘ch’ pronounced differently in Christmas and chair. Or why shock has the same sound but different spelling as stalk. Why cut is not pronounced similar to put, even though they have the same letter ‘u’ in between. Why the past tense of fall is fell but that of call is not cell.

It takes years and maybe a lot of reading practice to actually get a lot of words and their combinations right along with their meanings. Why finish and complete can be used one for another while talking about work but not so when talking about finding a life partner. I read a joke recently which explained the meaning of the two: finding a soul mate completes you. Finding a soul mate while you’re married to someone else finishes you and getting caught with that soul mate by your partner completely finishes you.

Words used in Hindi may not be used in a similar manner in English. For example, in Hindi, the plural of sheep is countable but in English, the plural of sheep is not sheeps but a flock of sheep. There is no word as ships or fishes; it is a fleet of ship or a school of fish.

Good English makes for good reading. Perfect grammar makes for a satisfactory article. For an English student, using a comma in the right place is as important as adding salt to lemonade. Otherwise ‘let’s eat, my friend’ won’t be any different from ‘let’s eat my friend’ and that won’t really be a nice thing to do now, would it?