Delhi University is considering an increase of around 2,000 undergraduate seats in its various courses. The hike in seats will in all likelihood be introduced from the next academic session and not the upcoming one, admissions for which are set to begin this week.
Speaking in this context, Prof Nachiketa Singh, part of the 14-member Standing Committee on Selection of Courses set up last week by DU Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh, has informed that here are certain popular courses like Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) and sociology which are offered at fewer colleges. The panel has approved their introduction in more number of colleges.
Singh also explained that after the standing committee approval, the courses need to be approved by the varsity’s Academic Council (AC) and Executive Council (EC), the statutory bodies, and since there is no time left for getting the proposal approved by these councils ahead of the 2015-16 session, it is likely that they would be offered from the next one.
The step will contribute to an increase of around 2,000 seats.
Another proposal passed today by the committee was for the introduction of a course in Forensic Science. “In a first, DU will be offering B.Sc in Forensic Science, initially at Khalsa College.
The BBS course will also be offered by SGTB Khalsa College, Ramanujan College and Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, the sociology course will be offered by Bharti College. Among the other courses in which the varsity is mulling an increase in intake are history, physics and geography. It may be mentioned that although the student intake will increase, that would not affect the recruitment of teaching staff.
DU presently has around 54,000 UG seats in around 70 colleges. The online registration process for admissions to the 2015-16 academic session will be open from May 28 to June 15 while offline forms will be accepted at the registration centres from June 5 to June 15. The first cut-off list will be announced on June 25.
Furthermore, While UGC has already asked all central universities to implement the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) from the upcoming academic session, Delhi University is yet to direct its colleges, maintaining that it is “awaiting instructions from the Commission”.