By Oindrilla, Paridhi, Saumia

Add on courses are to be subtracted from many college prospectuses as DU forces colleges to be more transparent and also limit the number of such courses offered by them.

Organized with the help of private organizations or the University Grants Commission (UGC), these courses claim to provide the students with an edge in the intensely competitive job market. However, if a study of the courses offered is conducted then it may be found that colleges claim to offer a lot more than they are actually able provide. Extra courses need proper infrastructure and faculty to back them up while providing students with the care that they have paid for. Another area of concern was the high course fee charged by some colleges for the same course and thus a committee was set up to look into the ways these courses are used to attract students at the beginning of each year. The agenda was to force colleges to be more transparent and limit the number of courses offered by them to a more manageable 7 or 8.

The committee’s recommendations were that the content of the courses should be clearly mentioned along with the fee and timings as well as the faculty who would be responsible for the conduction of the course in question. It also pointed out that if a steeper fee was demanded for a course then it was important to clarify what other substantial material was offered to make it worth the students while and prevent them from being cheated.
In the midst of the inquiry it was also said that there was a basic flaw in offering courses like media studies and tourism due to the lack of adequate infrastructure to support the mandatory practical work.

Many of these courses sound interesting and incredibly fun but the truth of the matter remains that only a few are functioning properly and holding examinations.

Ramjas College for instance has a staggering 26 add on courses listed on their website out of which the classes for only the following were held last year: Development of Entrepreneurship Excellence, Bioinformatics– Future of Biological Research, Communication & Self Development, Biotechnology, Mass Media Ethics Studies,
Film Appreciation, Forensic Science, Peace and Conflict Resolution

It is therefore imperative to be sure of whether a college offers the desired course option before one joins the college. Students are advised to talk to students of the college. Alternatively students can write in to DU Beat at [email protected] .

Other Interesting Add-on Courses in different colleges

Hindu College: Acting Skills, Creative Writing
Miranda House: Course in Theatre Direction with the help of National School of Drama (NSD)
Hansraj College: Radio Jockeying and Travel and Tourism
Gargi College: Education for Peace Building
Sri Venkateswara College: Molecular and Biochemical Technology

Kamla Nehru College

Faculty: The faculty at KNC is exceptionally good, especially for courses like English, Economics and Journalism.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere has that zing of energy with students and teachers alike bustling from one corner to the other. Academics and extra-curricular activities co-exist peacefully with the support of the administration.

Extra Curricular Activities and Sports: Bubbling over with enthusiastic students, it’s famous for its extra-curricular activities. A fantastic Cricket team is the pride of the college, along with its focus on other sports like Basketball and Volleyball. Yoga, Aerobics and Civil Defense are other areas of active participation.

Canteen: The canteen is nothing fantastic. Its food is oily, though the prices are very reasonable.

Saumiya and Swetha.

Venkateswara College

Faculty : Venkateswara College has a very erudite set of faculty members. The lecturers for most science courses are absolutely brilliant. The English faculty is one of the best that male students can avail to.

Atmosphere : Venky has one of the best crowds in South Campus. It’s as close to the University feel as possible in South Campus. Cleanliness and hygiene have been a regular problem in the college; however the administration has taken various steps to combat this.

Extra Curricular Activities and Sports : Venky has some of the most vibrant ECA societies in the University. What makes these especially brilliant is the fact that they are not focused solely on winning trophies but in providing an atmosphere to nurture the innate talent of students in the college. The Venky cricket team is arguably the best in the university.

Canteen: The college canteen has recently taken steps to tidy up their act. The food is vegetarian and primarily South Indian which may not be everybody’s cup of tea.

Aniruddh Ghosal, Venky

Gargi College

Faculty: The faculties of the departments of English as well as Applied Psychology are perhaps the best known of the lot. The department of B.A. Programme too has a very competent faculty.

Atmosphere: The crowd is a curious blend of diverse cultures, with students hailing from various parts of the country. The college, however, does have hygiene issues relating to the canteen and the washrooms which remain eyesores despite commendable efforts to improve them.

Extra Curricular Activities and Sports: Of the 16 performing arts and non-performing arts’ societies that Gargi has institutionalized, the most successful are the former. However, recent efforts have been made to increase participation and interest in the latter as well. With respect to sports, cricket, basket ball, volley ball, athletics, aerobics and Tennis are most popular.

Canteen: The College has a canteen that’s about average, a fresh fruit juice and milk shakes’ counter that sells well and often a chaat-wala who is most popular. Apart from these, the campus also has a Nescafe counter.

Aditi Sharma, B.A. Programme
Aarushi Sharma, President Students’ Union

Jesus and Mary’s College

Faculty: The members of faculty in the departments of English, Economics and Psychology are among the best in DU. Sociology, History and Commerce are also well-known.

Atmosphere: The college, though all-girls, has a great crowd and an interesting mix of different people. Despite immense emphasis on discipline, there is always a sense of vibrancy in the campus and it is perennially bustling with energy.

Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) and Sports: JMC provides a platform for various performing arts’ as well as opportunities in social responsibility. Although ECA societies in JMC are a force to reckon with in the university circuit, they often face a lot of problems within the college, with respect to attendance, funding, etc. With regard to sports, JMC’s cricket, football and basket ball teams are quite well-known.

Canteen: The fact that students are often seen packing food from the canteen for their friends in other colleges speaks volumes about just how wonderful the JMC canteen is. However, snail-paced service and sky-rocketing prices are constant problems.

Lady Shri Ram College for Women

Faculty: The faculty at LSR plays a significant role in making academia both accessible and fascinating. This they do by seldom giving free periods, filling in lectures with brilliant perspectives and insisting on assignments and term papers a bit much.
Atmosphere: Say no to laid-back lives, and yes to celebration of the ‘Magic of LSR’!

Extra Curricular Activities and Sports: For someone who is involved in both sports and ECA, an ordinary day at college would begin at seven in the morning, and often stretch beyond seven in the evening. The wee hours of the morning are usually reserved for sports’ practice, the day for classes and various non-performing arts, and the evening for performing arts’.

Café: The high prices are perhaps the price one has to pay for having a café and not a canteen. The range of items available on the menu, however, seems to make up for it.

Kriti B., LSR