The admission procedure of Delhi University (DU) has become a matter of contention since the last few years. The scrapping of preregistrations in 2011 has caused excess admission in most DU colleges as students could get admission to any college by matching their cut-off marks.
To handle the situation, university has framed a 16- member panel on the month of November last year to review & recommend an admission policy for 2012-13. SK Garg, principal, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College & convener of the panel has said , "A centralized registration system is likely to be followed for admissions 2012-13 as scrapping of pre-registrations last year had created issues."
The panel has expressed their grave concern against the decentralization of the registration process as it will cause difficulties for both students & parents if they have to go to individual colleges for registration.
While most teachers across colleges consider the scrapping of the pre-registration as a futile effort on part of DU, there are few who take it as a better option.
Karen Gabriel, department of English, St Stephen's College, opines, "Last year, admissions were a complete chaos. It left students, parents and even colleges in panic till the last moment. Colleges should be allowed to do their own registrations. It gives them a fair idea of the number of applications and the preference of courses."
On the other hand, GS Chilana, department of chemistry, Ramjas College, expressed views that , "For a long time, I have maintained the stand that pre-registration is a waste of time and resources as no college considers applications before coming out with the cutoff list. In my view, the admission system followed in the last year should be continued."
On previous year, students’ unawareness regarding the combination of available courses across colleges created confusion.
"This year, the university has asked colleges to send a list of course-combinations offered by them within April 30," says a DU official anonymously.
The panel has also advocated for decentralized sports trials from this year due to problems of sports admission in 2011. Under this, each college will have to individually hold the trials for each particular sport.
In addition to that, the panel has also suggested reorganizing the eligibility criteria for courses like B Com (honors) & Economics (honors) in order to include Mathematics as a compulsory subject which most colleges asserted to do. As far as inter-college migration is concerned, the panel ruled it out by saying that no migration should be allowed in the second & third years. Teachers think the migration clause as irrational & anti-student.
Dinesh C Varshney, deputy dean, south campus, DU says, "The admission policy for 2012-13 is expected to be out by next week. All the information will be put up on the website, www.du.ac.in and students need not panic."
First semester should commence on the last Monday of July and summer vacations for teachers should end a day or two before that.
Dissemination of timetable should be done before the beginning of summer vacations for 'odd' semesters and winter vacations for 'even' semesters.
The classes of odd semester should end by November & examination of semester should be executed in the first half of December.
Winter break should begin from mid-December and will continue till January 7/8.
Teaching of first semester should be over by April so that examinations can be conducted by third week of May.
Mid-semester breaks should be structured in such a way so that they can cover main festivals.