Delhi University’s cut-off lists has left many students upset with seats for most of the popular courses in many of the colleges already full. But Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, deputy dean, student’s welfare, feels there is a way out. As per him, there are several other courses that are still available and are worthwhile, which students can apply for.
As far as 2011 is concerned, Tuteja says, an increasing number of students have opted for specialised courses. But due to high cut-offs not everybody has been able to secure a seat in honours courses. This situation has created a sense of helplessness among students.
Responding to it, Tuteja says, “Students should choose a course that opens up several options for them while pursuing a further degree later on. For instance, if students are unable to get admission in science honours they should not give up. Instead, they should go for regular BSc programmes.”
According to Tuteja, both categories of students — pursing a BSc (Hons) or a regular BSc programme — are eligible to apply for an MSc. The only difference is that while for students with an honours subject in science, the admission to the MSc programme is merit-based, for students of regular BSc programmes, admissions are made on the basis of an entrance exam.
At the BSc level, DU offers courses in life sciences, physical science and computer science. The cut-offs for these subjects are low and seats for them are still open in some colleges.
“Only if students want a further degree in a particular subject, should they go for an honours course. But if they want to pursue an MBA or any other course which is not directly related to the subject, then they should opt for a programme level course,” says Tuteja.
Students opting for BSc programmes can also prepare for the BEd examination and accordingly secure good placements in the future. While students usually choose to do a BSc honours before opting for an MSc programme, it is not necessarily the only way ahead.
“Alternatively, by pursuing a regular BSc course in life sciences, students can opt for a Master’s in biochemistry, zoology or biotech,” concludes Tuteja.
AT A GLANCE
Students unable to get admission in science honours, can consider opting for the regular BSc programme Those completing a regular BSc programme are eligible to apply for an MSc programme Students opting for BSc programmes can also choose to prepare for the BEd examination