The infamous Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University has set up a committee comprising of 23-members to make the admission process of undergraduate courses simpler and paper-free. This is done ahead of the approaching admission process which starts in May.
The committee includes principals from nine affiliated colleges, members of DU’s Executive Council and Academic Council along with deans of various departments. The convener of the committee is dean of students’ welfare. The committee will be sending their recommendations to the VC who is already for the cause. At present, the varsity has both online and offline admission for the UG courses. Centralised online application process for PG courses has already started.
“After much discussions and deliberations, we came to the decision of going fully online with the undergraduate admissions. We have submitted our recommendations to the VC and await his final nod,” said one of the committee member.
DU admits around 55,000 undergraduate scholars in various courses across over 60 affiliated colleges. The online admission was first introduced in 2012 by DU but offline applications were also accepted simultaneously, for the undergraduate courses. With DU going fully online, there are some teachers and students who feel that this is not justified as there are days when there is no internet connection or there is too much load on DU’s site. These may lead to unwanted hiccups.
One of the second-year students said that, “Going online is good and will be hassle free especially during hot summers as it saves you from standing in long queues under the sweltering sun. But it surely has its disadvantages too. There might be students who don’t have regular internet connection or the internet is slow. Moreover, on-campus admission comes with a boon that the students get an opportunity to interact with seniors and take a close look at the University.”
Post the introduction of Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) which was scrapped last year, the university has brought in many changes to its admission procedure. Some of the changes are welcomed by the students like scrapping of additional eligibility criteria set by various affiliated colleges, increased importance to vocational subjects and discontinuation of entrance tests for many courses.
Last year, the varsity recorded 2.8 lac applications for UG courses of which nearly half applications were made offline at 18 entitled centres. The members of the committee also discussed on the implementation of the Choice Based Credit Transfer Scheme (CBCS) but could not reach a consensus.