For the first time, Delhi University (DU) has opted for a complete online admission process for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, starting from the academic year 2015-16. As per the recommendation of the 23 member committee, such measures are being taken.
The centralized admission to the postgraduate courses had already begun from April 1 and shall continue till April 30.
The students can now apply to faculties such as arts, applied social sciences and humanities, commerce and business studies, education, interdisciplinary and applied sciences, law, music and fine arts, mathematical sciences, social science and science. In order to apply for the postgraduate courses a candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in the concerned subject with a minimum percentage of marks as stipulated in the respective program.
Though there is no minimum age bar for postgraduate courses, but certain courses run by Medical Council of India and Bar Council of India will have age specific limitations. Other than the interdisciplinary or professional courses, all other faculties are directed to reserve 50 percent of the total seats for direct admission.
The other 50 percent must be filled through the entrance and interviews. The entry to the interdisciplinary or professional courses shall be made through entrance followed by interview. The registration fee is non-refundable. For SC, ST, and PwD category, the registration fee is Rs. 250/-, whereas the other categories need to pay Rs. 500/-.
DU, shall make a separate notification for the undergraduate courses. The admission committee that considers making the undergraduate application process online consists of deans of faculties of science, commerce and arts, principals from nine colleges and members of the executive and academic councils. The dean of students’ welfare is the convener of the committee. As many committee members are preferring for the online admission, there are speculations that the entire offline process will migrate to fully online system.
Though DU opted for online centralized registration forms in the academic year 2012-13, but it couldn’t completely get rid of the offline Optical Mark Reader (OMR) registration forms; they are still available. Only from this academic year, the university plans to switch to complete online mode.
Furthermore, DU didn’t list colleges in the centralized admission forms last year. The new forms have only options for courses; there is no inclusion of colleges. This method enables students to be eligible for as many colleges as possible. Moreover, the colleges can’t decide on their own regarding the eligibility criteria. They must comply with the central eligibility criteria put forward by the university.
Though the common eligibility criteria might be modified as per the recommendation of the committee, the admission of the students should be in line with the central criteria, providing ease to the students. There are also speculations that the university might bring changes to the proposed Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) that allows students to opt for the listed courses: core, elective or minor or soft skill. The admission to undergraduate courses shall begin in the month of May, 2015.
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