This year, Delhi University (DU) is all set to simplify the admission process. In fact, some of these changes can turn out to be a breather for students who are aspiring to be part of the university.
To start with, the university has decided to announce their first cut-off list for undergraduate admissions on June 15, which is exactly one week before it came out last year. The next four cut-off lists will be released on June 21, June 27, July 2 and July 8 respectively. With an extra week in hand, aspiring candidates will get more time to choose a college or course of their preference.
Said RC Sharma, examination dean, Delhi University, “The first cut-off list is being announced one week in advance so that deserving candidates do not miss out on their admissions, now that the system of pre-admission forms has been done away with.”
Some extra time is not only good news for students but for the college faculty as well who handle the admission process. “The one-week timeline will make it easier for teachers to manage the paperwork between the cut-off lists,” added Sharma. Earlier, between the two cutoff lists, students used to get only three days to complete their admission process. But, now they will get four days for admission and payment of fees.
Another major change that undergraduate students applying to DU can look forward to is the switch from the annual to the semester mode. Till last year, only the 13 science courses were being taught in the semester mode. But after much debate and deliberation, most of the courses are expected to switch over to the semester mode this academic session onwards.
JM Khurana, dean, student’s welfare, Delhi University, stressed, “The new semester system has been finalised and students willing to take admission in the UG courses in DU should come prepared to study in the semester mode. It will be a lot of hard work and they should be ready for it. With the annual mode becoming non-existent, no exams will be held in the month of April. So students cannot be at ease preparing just two months before the exam. They have to be on their toes every six months.”
Pointing out the advantages of the semester system, Khurana added, “Students should not be intimidated by the semester system as it will be beneficial for them. The one-year course module has now been divided into two halves. Therefore, in one semester they just have to learn about 40% of the total course. The remaining portion will be covered in the second half. This way, students will be regularly assessed.”
According to Bani Malhotra, a first year BA psychology student from Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College, the semester system would confine students a bit and they might find it difficult to explore other co-curricular activities. So, she added, “Students should come well-prepared to manage their time in order to focus better on their studies and also not lose out on the fun part of a university life.”
Besides, in another significant change, the ‘Open Days’ or the interactive sessions — starting June 1 this year — which are conducted annually by the university, will be held for 10 days as opposed to the traditional five days.
The ‘Open Days’ are organised for the benefit of aspiring DU candidates who get a platform to clear their doubts with various university and college representatives.
Khurana added, “Apart from extending the number of days for ‘Open Days,’ all the information will be available online for students who miss these sessions.”