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Delhi University has decided to introduce three B-Tech courses namely, B-Tech Computer Science and Engineering, B-Tech Electronics and Communication Engineering, and B-Tech Electrical Engineering from the academic session 2023-24.

The three courses conducted under the Faculty of Technology will commence with a total capacity of 360 students. The eligibility criteria to get a seat in the courses will be through JEE-MAINS.

The university’s Executive Council shall review the proposal on Friday, (9th June 2023). This proposal has been added after the university received approval from the Ministry of Education for the creation of 72 teaching and 48 non-teaching posts for the new programmes. Earlier, in 2021, the university had constituted a committee to deliberate on the introduction of new programmes according to PTI.

“The committee held several meetings in the last one-and-half years and systematically deliberated upon various issues within its terms of reference to facilitate the initiation of the three B-Tech programmes under the Faculty of Technology in the emerging subject areas of computer science and engineering, electronics and communication engineering and electrical engineering,”

-an official said citing the report submitted by the panel.

The report further sighted that the proposal has been submitted to the Union Ministry of Education for the construction of physical infrastructure for the Faculty of Technology which will take time on receipt of necessary financial and other statutory approvals.

The committee recommended that adequate arrangements for space should be made for classrooms and laboratories until the building for Faculty of Technology is built and made functional.

“The committee authorised the vice-chancellor to decide upon the space and other essential physical infrastructure for initiation of these B-Tech programmes,” -the report read.

As far as the strength of the courses is concerned, 120 students should be admitted into each course, making it a total of 360 students that will be admitted in the first year.

The report also stated that the B-Tech programmes would be designed in such a manner that there would be a minimum of 50 per cent weightage given to the major subject area of study with a maximum of 65 per cent weightage. The remaining weightage would be given to the minor subject areas of study.

It is also to be noted that in line of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the students will have multiple exit options in line. A student who has completed one year of study and earned the requisite credits would be awarded a certificate, those two years of study and requisite credits would be awarded a diploma, with three years of study along with credits would be awarded an advanced diploma. Students who successfully complete four years would be awarded a B-Tech degree.

PTI confirmed that the departments of Computer Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering and Electrical Engineering are required to be situated on the North Campus of the university for logistic support and proximity to the majority of the faculties/departments on the campus.


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Aanya Mehta

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The University of Delhi is set to introduce 18 new courses from the academic session  2023-2024, announced DU VC Yogesh Singh on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. A five-year LLB program, 8 Medical Science Programs, and B.Tech programs are the highlights of these courses.

On February 28 2023, DU Vice Chancellor Yogesh Singh, announced that DU is set to launch 18 new courses beginning from the academic year 2023-24. The new decision will create room for several new, unprecedented courses at DU, including a five-year LLB program, MBA in Business Analytics, 8 Medical Science programs, and even B.Tech programs. Other programs for both UG and PG shall also be included in these 18 courses.

Emulating the five-year course structure of the National Law Universities, the inclusion of five-year integrated programs in LLB will now allow high school graduates to directly pursue law at the UG level from Delhi University. Besides LLB, the decision to expand DU’s course catalog to also include programs in Medical Sciences and Engineering is an implementation of a part of the New Education Policy. The aim is to enhance the quality and dissolve the erstwhile distinctions between streams and pave the way for diversity in education. The varsity has also mentioned BCA LLB and B.COM LLB as prospective add-on courses to this list. 

“Students who enroll in the new programs will be able to benefit immensely from the rich quality of education imparted here and the curriculum will be interdisciplinary in nature. For instance, we already have the Faculty of Management Studies, and professors from there can teach certain papers of the BBA LLB program. Similarly, (the) law (course) includes papers of political science as well. There might be five different kinds of papers and the professor with the relevant specialization can teach the course.”

– A University of Delhi official

DU Registrar Vikas Gupta has stated that the varsity administration is still deliberating upon the possible avenues to implement this efficiently. It is working on a detailed framework designed to delineate the fundamentals of the admissions process for these courses. There is still no confirmation whether the admission to these courses will also traverse the prevailing CUET method or not. “It is still under the planning stage and we are trying to launch the programs by the next academic session”, he said.

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Delhi University’s (DU’s) St. Stephen’s is set to provide short-term courses on Public Policy and International Relations, and other disciplines.

On 12th January, Saturday, St. Stephen’s  College of the Delhi University launched a special centre, namely St. Stephen’s Centre for Advanced Learning (SCAL), for conducting certificate and advanced level courses across a variety of new disciplines. This includes a short-term certificate course on Public Policy and International Relations (PPIR).

An official statement said provided that the SCAL’s PPIR course is to be held over a period of six weekends at the College. It is designed so as to allow young graduates to gain a better understanding of the field, vis-a-vis, “how it is framed, theorized, formulated and implemented”.

The first batch of students for the same is highly diverse and comprises of entry-to-mid-senior level professionals from the fields of banking, development, consultancy, NGOs, politics, and healthcare. The course deals with a variety of topics including policy formation, development, and implementation, policy economics, international relations, international security and diplomacy, and more.

The official statement also suggested that SCAL will involve its intellectual alumni with vast experience and expertise in the said field, across Government Ministries, Departments, and Corporate boardrooms. This includes current and former ambassadors, bureaucrats, and leaders from various fields.

Shashi Tharoor, Congress Minister of Parliament (MP), Mani Shanker Aiyer, diplomat and MP,  and Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, are some of the listed resource persons for this course. An inaugural programme was hosted in the College for the same on Saturday during which an inaugural lecture was delivered by Tharoor.

Other discipline-specific courses have also been planned and announcements regarding this will be made soon on the College website, provided the official statement.

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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:

UG Courses                                                         

  1. B.A. (H): Bhim Rao Ambedkar College
  2. B.A. (H) Economics: Dyal Singh College(Eve), Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College                                
  3. B.A. (H) Philosophy: Hansraj College
  4. B.A. (H) Psychology: Lakshmi Bai College, Bhaskaracharya College
  5. B.A. (H) History: Dyal Singh College
  6. B.A. (H) Political Science:  Bhim Rao Ambedkar College
  7. B.A. (H) Hindi Journalism and Mass Communication: Jesus and Mary College
  8. Bsc Environmental Science: Vivekananda College, Indraprastha College

PG Courses                                                         

  1. M.A. English: Shri Gurunanak Dev College
  2. M.A. Hindi: Shri Venkateshwara College, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College
  3. 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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DU has declared new courses and increased the number of seats in colleges as a measure to increase higher education opportunities for aspirant.
The University of Delhi (DU) has announced an introduction of 30 new courses in approximately 20 colleges as a part of its curriculum for the upcoming academic session 2019-20. These will be at both undergraduate and post graduate level. These courses are currently available at some other colleges in DU. This decision was taken at a meeting of the Delhi University Academic Council (AC) on 17th January 2018. In addition to this, the council is also set to increase the admission intake by 232 seats in existing courses at two colleges. The number of seats in BA (programme) at Hansraj College has been increased from 40 to 200 from the next academic session. Also, the number of seats in BSc program at Aditi Mahavidhlaya has been increased from 55 to 80. The college will also admit 50 more students in B Com (H) from the next academic session.
The list of new undergraduate courses to be introduced, and the corresponding colleges are as follows:
• BA (H) in Bhimrao Ambedkar College
• BA (H) in Economics in Dayal Singh College (evening) and Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College
• BA (H) in Philosophy in Hasraj College
• BA (H) in Psychology in Laxmibai College and Bhaskaracharya College
• BA (H) in History Dyal Singh College
• BA (H) in Political Science in Bhimrao Ambedkar College
• BA (H) Hindi Journalism and Mass Communication in Jesus and Mary College
• BSc (H) in environmental science in Vivekananda College and Indraprastha College for women
The list of new postgraduate courses to be introduced, and the corresponding colleges are as follows:
• MA in English in Shri Gurunank Dev College
• MA in Hindi in Sri Venkateswara College and Shaheed Bhagat Singh College
• MSc in operational research at Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies and Keshav College
These are welcome changes, as the increase in availability of courses at more colleges will open up more diversified avenues for students from the upcoming academic session.

Previously, there was a huge difference in the number of seats available and the number of applicants, which acted as a deterrent for many deserving applicants. These changes will ensure that a larger number of students are able to enroll, decreasing the propensity of those being left behind.
These courses were first approved in September 2018, and finalised during the 2nd January 2019 Academic Council meeting which was adjourned till 17th January 2019. The decision had faced unprecedented delay owing to multiple external management related factors at DU. According to Mr. Saikat Ghosh, Member, Academic Council, “Approval of new courses in the Academic Council took a backseat due to the heated controversy on the UGC Regulations, especially on the issues of Contractual Employment. Many new courses have already been approved by the AC’s Standing Committee on New Courses. But they cannot be implemented unless they are formally approved by the larger AC and EC. The B.Voc. and M.Voc. courses approved under the National Skill Qualifications Scheme have not even been approved by the Standing Committee as the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences is still deliberating on them. This slow movement by the University is harming the prospect of these new courses.”
This move is going to ensure more opportunities in higher education, and Du needs to deliver in terms of quality of education, especially amid the current dissatisfaction and unrest among the teacher community regarding their employment terms.

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Nikita Bhatia
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Delhi University’s School of Open Learning (SOL) which runs various distance learning programmes is going to start ten new courses from the commencing academic year. The new courses will also include vocational courses. The governing board of SOL has already approved these courses which include BSc (honours) mathematics, BA (honours) history, and Bachelor of Vocation in human resource management. The director of SOL, Dr. C.S Dubey said “The course structure and syllabus has been formed and approved by the GB and was sent to DU for consideration. The university gave us a proforma to fill in the details, which we did and sent it to the university.”

The authorities observed that a large number of applicants who applied for these courses in regular colleges last year could not get admitted in these courses due to high cut offs and less number of seats. “When we studied the number of applications received for these courses, we found that many students had applied but only limited number got admission. There is a lot of demand for these courses among students so we are providing a chance for students to study these courses through distance medium,” said Dr. Dubey.

These courses will now require an approval from the university which will then need another approval from distance education board (DEB). The authorities will send the proposal for starting new courses to DEB soon. They are optimistic to start the admissions this year provided they get the approval from DEB.

The courses which have been approved are as follows:

  • BSc (honours) mathematics
  • BA (honours) history
  • BA (honours) economics
  • BA (honours) Hindi
  • BA (honours) psychology
  • BA (honours) Sanskrit
  • BA (honours) Hindi journalism
  • BVoc in human resource management
  • BVoc in office management and secretarial practices
  • BVoc in marketing management and retail business


SOL admits nearly 1.5 lakh students annually in various Bachelors and Masters Courses under Delhi University.


With inputs from: Hindustan Times

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