Delhi University backtracks: Students can no longer choose colleges for UG courses

Updated: May 22 2014, 10:13am hrs

New Delhi, May 21

Students applying to DU will no longer have the option to choose a college. Back-tracking on its decision to allow students the choice of both course and college while filling up admission forms, Delhi University on Wednesday said it will remove the college selection option from both its online and offline admission forms.

Students can still opt for as many courses as they like, with the students course choices now determining the colleges he/she will be eligible for admission.

According to DU officials, the decision was taken after careful consideration and keeping the interest of the students in mind.

The university had received a lot of complaints in the past, where students who secured very high percentages were denied admission because they only opted for 2-3 colleges in their admission forms. And once the cut-offs were announced, they failed to get admission anywhere, because they had limited their choices. So we reconsidered the issue and decided to keep things open. No one can claim that they were denied admission, Malay Neerav, Joint Dean of Students Welfare, Delhi University, said.

Neerav said the absence of the college selection option would also help keep cut-offs in check, since there was a possibility that indicating a college choice could sky-rocket the cut-offs.

The choice of selecting a college in the admission forms was removed last year after the DU introduced the four-year undergraduate programme. However, when admission guidelines were introduced earlier this month, DU said students would be able to choose their colleges too so that colleges have more information while preparing their cut-off lists. Last year, seats in some colleges remained vacant even after the 10th cut-off list was announced.

We have just simplified the process and made it easier for students so they do not face problem, J M Khurana, Joint Dean of Students Welfare, said. The process of admission to DU undergraduate programme begins June 2.