What’s new at DU this year?
GET UPDATED Besides changes in the admission criteria, the university is also likely to offer programmes such as BBS and sociology in more colleges
Delhi University (DU) started its admission process last week with nearly 38,000 applications on the first day. One of the few Indian universities to have featured in prominent global rankings, DU has a number of new things to offer to its new batch of students.
There will be new and renovated i nfrastructural f acilit i es, i ncluding additional hostels, sports stadium, Wi- Fi networking, upgraded classrooms, teaching laboratories and e-libraries.
Several pro g r ammes i n arts, commerce, mathematical sciences, sciences and applied sciences are also being introduced. These include bachelor of arts (BA), BA (vocational), BA (hons), BCom, BCom (hons), BSc (mathematical sciences), BSc (hons) mathematics, BSc (hons) statistics, BSc (hons) computer science and BSc science (hons). ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA This time, the existing provision sports/ECA quota (subject-wise) will be continued. Colleges will be free to fix the number of seats to be filled for sports (not more than 5%). The enrollment process will be made uniform. In the streamwise cut-offs, scrapped this year, the percentage for commerce students was the highest and for humanities students it was lowest. For example, if the cut-off for psychology (hons) was 89.5% to 93% earlier, it meant that 93% was for commerce students and 89% for humanities students. The cut-off for science students was somewhere in between.
A l s o, t h e r e w i l l b e n o additional eligibility criterion for any category in any college or course this year. However, colleges have been allowed to give specific advantage to girl students (up to 3% only) in any course. Coming to honours, if the subject applied for in the honours course is not part of the applicant’s Class 12 curriculum or he does not include it in the best of four then 2.5% marks will be deducted from his total score. NEW COURSES DU is also going to introduce popular courses in the next two years like bachelor of business studies (BBS) and sociology in more colleges. In a meeting of