New Delhi. In a bid to minimise the use of paper, the online registration for Delhi University’s (DU) undergraduate courses will begin from May 28 this year. This is the first time online registration will begin earlier than the offline one. Besides, Aiming at simplifying admission process, Delhi University has decided that its colleges will not be allowed to impose any extra eligibility criteria for students seeking admission to undergraduate programmes from this year.
Ending speculation, DU has retained its offline admission procedure but will begin it only by June 5. For both the online and offline processes, the registrations end on June 15. Over 60,000 seats in 61 DU colleges are up for grabs. “We wanted more students to register themselves online and discourage offline registration, so we have taken this decision after much deliberation,” said JM Khurrana, the dean of student welfare.
Unlike previous times, this year there will only be eight centres where students can procure and submit their optical registration (OMR) forms between 9.30am and 3pm. There are no centres in North campus. Aspiring candidates can visit North Campus for Open Days between May 21 and May 30, where the university officials will be available to answer their queries and disseminate information about the university.
This year, students will be given three days to complete admission formalities after the cut-offs are declared. There is a gap of one to two days between declaration of successive cut-off lists. This gap has been given for the colleges to send data of the seats filled to the university and upload it on the website.
Explaining the process, Malay Neerav, the joint dean of students’ welfare and media co-ordinator said: “Colleges will have to admit all candidates who have percentages that meet the announced cut-off criteria. No first-come-first served policy is permitted.” Students need to remember that due to certain circumstances if they are unable to take admission in a cut-off list even after qualifying, they would be considered in the next list only on the last date of admission on the availability of seats.
Bringing widespread relief among students, no college can impose the “additional eligibility criteria.” Additional relaxation can only be provided to girl students up to 3%, but interested colleges will have to notify the same to the university. Excluding Music and Physical Education, subjects like Home Science, Accountancy, Biology and Business Studies will be considered academic subjects so there will be no deduction of marks from the best of four subjects.
"A student applying in five different colleges will have the same criteria for admission in all of them. Colleges will not be allowed to impose any extra eligibility criteria for students. Rules will be same for all and as per set by the university," DU's Dean of Students Welfare J M Khurana told reporters here today.
The decision, however, will not apply to minority colleges such as St Stephen's and Jesus and Mary College, which will announce their own admission criteria and come out with their cut-off lists. "Till last year, students used to be in a dilemma whether his/her aggregate marks will be enough to get admission, as colleges used to impose additional riders such as above 85 per cent in Mathematics required for admission. "But from now on this practice will be stopped. This will simplify the admission process, he added. Over 80 colleges are affiliated to Delhi University.
Delhi University has from this year onwards decided to conduct a centralised fitness test for undergraduate admissions under its sports quota.
Earlier, the fitness tests and trials for the respective sporting disciplines were conducted by the colleges themselves and that often led to the students having to suffer due to the overlapping of dates.
"From this year, there will be a centralised fitness test which will be conducted by the university and the colleges will be sent the results. The trials for the particular sports will be conducted by the colleges themselves," DU spokesperson Malay Neerav today said at a press conference here. "The colleges will also be mandated to videograph the sports trials and upload them on to their websites. There will be a grievance committee to look into complaints of unfair or biased process, if any," he said. As per the university's existing guidelines, the colleges are allowed to admit up to five per cent of its students under the sports quota.