Last-Day Rush at Delhi University for Non-Collegiate Admission Forms

Delhi University’ North Campus had more people in it on Monday afternoon than at any other time during the past one year. Among the many queues for various application forms, the longest and the most peculiar was the one for the Non-Collegiate Women’ Education Board (NCWEB). Longest because people thought it was the last date for submitting applications like other courses and peculiar because a lot of boys could be seen trying to submit applications to the all-girls institute.

If you are a woman living in this city and want a degree from Delhi University but do not have the time to sit through the drill required for a regular under-graduate or post-graduate course and also lack the inclination to go in for a correspondence course, then the Non-Collegiate Women’ Education Board (NCWEB) is the right option for you.

“he Board is only for girls from Delhi, we have regular classes at about 13 centres of the university spread across the city. Attendance is compulsory and classes are held from 9-30 a.m. to 3-30 p.m. on Sundays. We have a total of 50 teaching days, and hold continuous classes on the some of the college breaks,”aid NCWEB director Arti Saxena, adding that centres in Jesus and Mary College and Syama Prasad Mookerjee College for Women held classes on Saturday instead of Sunday.

“e offer a B.A. (Programme) and a B. Com course, and we have post-graduate programmes in M.Sc. (Mathematics) and M.A. in several languages. Some of the classes are held in Arts Faculty and Hans Raj College. We have other colleges like Kalindi College and Lakshmi Bai College. The thing is that we make use of university’ available infrastructure,”he said.

NCWEB works well for working women, which counts a para-trooper in the Air Force and a television soap script writer among its other professional students, although there are strict rules against pursuing another full-time course anywhere else, although part time or correspondence courses are allowed.

There are currently around 12, 000 students enrolled in the Board which started off in 1944 with only three students. There is a separate admission procedure, removed from the university. They have common application forms, which will be sorted out manually to ascertain the demand for each course after which the cut-offs will be declared.

The first cut-off list will be out on June 25 and the second on July 6, with other lists to be out later on. The sale of applications ended on Tuesday, with the Board selling a total of 23, 000 applications. The admission procedure is very simple in keeping with the low fees and a degree from the Board is on an equal footing of any other degree from Delhi University.

Source: The Hindu


PTU to Have Only Two Rounds of Counselling from this Year

There will be only two rounds of counselling for Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) and Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) courses of Punjab Technical University. Earlier there used be three round soc counselling.

This year the counselling under Fee Waiver scheme will also be done simultaneously. According to this schedule announced by PTU the admissions would be on the basis of AIEEE merit and admission will be given in four Universities of the state and their affiliated colleges in engineering and architecture courses. The universities include PTU Jalandhar, Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar, Panjabi University Patiala and Punjab Agriculture University Ludhiana.

According to University officials the main reason for reducing the number of counselling rounds from three to two was that with three counselling rounds the study would start in September as admissions and reporting time of the students who would get admission in third round would extend till August.

However it is learnt that the latest decision would give more room to the colleges for having admissions on their own after two counselling rounds and more scope for filling their seats. After counselling the colleges can fill the seats on their own by making merit on the basis of the application reaching to them directly. College in Punjab have been in crying hoarse as their seats were remaining vacant with private engineering colleges mushrooming in big numbers.

According to the information provided by the admission cell of the university, the last date of fee submission for first counselling is June 27 and for second counselling, the fee can be submitted from July 1 to 13. In second round, the fee submission for only those students will be compulsory, who failed to submit their fee in first round.

University VC Dr. Rajneesh Arora told that in both the rounds of counseling, 85 percent seats would be reserved for the students of Punjab and 15 percent seats will be allotted to students of other states.

Source: The Edventure Bureau


Kolkata Universities Asked to Keep 60% PG Seats for Own Students

The state government has decided to ask universities to reserve 60% postgraduate seats for students from own colleges, while the rest will be open to candidates from colleges affiliated to other universities.

The instruction was issued by the higher education department, which is now binding upon all the varsities.

Till now, most universities had reserved 95% seats for students from colleges affiliated to those, while only 5% seats were available for others.
Tuesday's circular will bring down curtains on the speculation over reservation of PG seats.

The decision is, however, only for a year.

From 2013 onwards the government plans to start a PG entrance test.

Earlier, state higher education council chairman Sugato Marjit had sent letters to the state universities, requesting them to reserve only 50% of seats for students from affiliated colleges.

Wednesday's circular has put an end to the dilly-dallying, as the state government has now ordered the varsities to implement its decision.
It may be noted that in accordance with the Mamata Banerjee government's pledge, education minister Bratya Basu had already voiced his opinion to conduct a common entrance test (CET) for all state universities and autonomous colleges offering PG courses.

This will only be a makeshift arrangement.

From next year, every student will have to appear in the common entrance test to bag PG seats in any university, even one to which his/her college is affiliated.

"We will advise all university authorities, through a letter on Thursday, to open 40% PG seats to students from other state universities.

All prospective PG candidates will then almost have an equal access.

The universities will have to follow the circular," said a higher education department official.

Marjit said: "The idea of a common entrance test for PG courses from next year has already been floated.

We have also requested universities to depute two representatives for a discussion on CET.

A decision will be taken only after a consensus emerges." If universities agree to throw open 40% PG seats, they will be given complete freedom to decide on the methods of admissions."Since the universities enjoy some autonomy, they can hold interviews, conduct admission tests or select candidates on the basis of marks in their undergraduate honours courses.

It is up to the varsities to decide on which method will they choose," added the official.

Reasons floated by the government to introduce a common entrance test for PG seats from 2013 are - it will give due priority to merit and also allow mobility of best brains to centers of excellence.

At present, most state universities reserve 95% PG seats for own graduates.

This archaic system is giving rise to some practical problems as well as legal hassles.

For example, many students graduating from St Xavier's College (autonomous) with reasonably high marks fail to get seats in the Calcutta University because of the undeclared 95% reservation for students from its affiliated colleges.

Source: The Times of India


First Campus of Manipal University Gets Rajasthan Government's Clearance

Manipal Universal Learning is all set to open its first university in Jaipur in December this year. The project recently received Rajasthan state government's nod.

Manipal is planning a bouquet of five universities under the brand name Manipal International University and the one in Jaipur is the first among them. The group has invested Rs 250 crore to buy 67 acres of land, to develop a sprawling campus, that comes with amenities like food courts, sports complex, utility buildings, clinic, bank ATMs, health clubs, etc.

The second university will come up on a 100-acre campus at Devanahalli near Bengaluru International Airport and the project is currently waiting state cabinet approval, said Mohandas Pai, chairman of Manipal Universal Learning.

Manipal Group has already acquired land for its third university project in Bhubaneswar and the Orissa state government is in the process of giving the project a cabinet approval. The fourth one will come up in Maharashtra and the fifth one in Gujarat. Land parcels have already been identified for these projects while the respective state governments are yet to give their legislative clearances.

Each of these universities will require 60 to 100 acres of land and an individual investments of Rs 250 crore. All five universities will be operational in the next two years,'' said Pai.

These universities will offer degree courses in engineering, management, social sciences, industrial design, architecture, creative graphics, and humanities. Each of these universities will have 25,000 students on the campus by the 10th year of operation.

Contrary to the traditional approach, these universities will impart holistic education and not rote learning. The pedagogy will be based on case studies, with an objective to create minds of creative thinking and problem solving abilities,'' he added.

Source: The Times of India


International Baccalaureate Students in a Fix

They may be getting to study at universities such as Oxford, Stanford and Cornell, but International Baccalaureate (IB) students fare as good or as bad as any student hoping to get into Delhi University.

The problem - the IB declares its final results in July, which is too late for DU and most of its 61 colleges.
According to the varsity's rules, the students can be given admission provisionally on the basis of their grades using an equivalence formula. But only once their results are declared.

"The school has given me a predicted grade. My final results will be out only in July. By then, all the seats in well-reputed colleges will be taken up. It is unfair," said Kaveri Krishnan, a DU aspirant who has made the grade at Oxford University but wants to complete her graduation from Sri Ram College of Commerce. She has a predicted grade of 7, the highest in the IB system.

Students from Shri Ram School, Gurgaon, have also had similar experiences. "Many of our students are planning to accept offers from foreign universities. DU's lackadaisical approach may be prompting more to seek admission abroad. Others who choose to stay behind face a lot of trouble in gaining admission to DU," said Manisha Malhotra, vice-principal in charge of the IB curriculum at the school.

Even DU officials acknowledge the rise in the number of applications from IB students over the past few years.

"There are a number of educational boards in the country and making special rules for each one of them is impossible for a university of our size," said a senior DU official.
He added that they had not stopped any college from admitting these students. In fact, some colleges such as Lady Shri Ram College for Women and Sri Venketeswara College admitted IB students last year.

Source: The Hindustan Times


Dheradun College Admissions to Begin Soon

The prospectus of different bachelor and post graduate degree courses for new academic session 2012-13 will be available from the first week of July in colleges of Dehradun, said principals of various colleges. The admission process for these courses will start from July 20.

DBS (PG) College Principal OP Kulshrestha said that three professional courses - MSc Bio-Technology, MSc Micro Biology and Bachelor of Library Science have been introduced in the academic year 2012-13. A total of 25 seats each in MSc Micro-Biology and MSc Bio-Technology and 50 seats in Bachelor of Library Science are available in the college. The bachelor degree subjects in science stream include Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Geology, Geography, Defence and Strategic studies, Botany and Zoology, whereas Arts stream subjects include English literature, Mathematics, Geography, Defence and Strategic studies, Hindi literature, Social Science and Economics. At PG level, apart from above mentioned subjects and Geology (Petroleum Geology, Environment Geology and Specialisation in remote sensing), Physics (specialisation in solid state and electronics), Chemistry (specialisation in organic chemistry), Zoology (specialisation in environment biology), Botany (specialisation in biodiversity and conservation), mathematics, geography, economics and English are available in the college.

MKP (PG) College Principal Kiran Sood said that graduation level subjects in the college include Sanskrit, Hindi, English, History, Mathematics, Vocal and Instrumental Music and Painting in Arts stream. The PG level subjects in Arts stream include English, Hindi, Economics, Social Science, Political Science, Psychology, Home Science and Painting. Chemistry is the only subject, which is available at PG level in Science stream in the college.
The M Phil subjects include Hindi, English, Economics, Political Science, Psychology and Painting.
Women's Study Centre to discuss women related issues and career and guidance cell have also been established in the college. Emphasis has been laid on providing a platform for overall development of the students through classroom activities, sports and career counselling. Needy students are provided hostel facility within the campus, she added.

SGRR (PG) CollegePrincipal Vinay Anand Bourai said that apart from most of the subjects in graduate and PG levels in Science and Arts streams, the college offers professional courses like four year BSc in agriculture, MSc in agronomy, PG Diploma in journalism and mass communication, MSc micro biology, MSc bio-technology and Masters in social science. The performance of the students in the annual examination is better than all the colleges of Uttarakhand, he claimed.
DAV (PG) College Principal Devendra Bhasin said that all the subjects at bachelor and post graduation level are available in the college. The admission process will start from July 20.

The admission process for the 2012-13 session of different science stream courses has started from June 20 in Uttarakhand Open University, situated in SGRR (PG) College. Fifteen seats are available for different MSc courses and there is no bar regarding admission in different bachelor degree courses. The annual fee for PG courses is Rs 15, 000 and Rs 6, 000 for bachelor degree courses.

Uttarakhand Sanskrit University has started new courses like a five-year Yoga course and two-year commercial Hindi course from this session. A total of 40 seats are available for these courses. The admission process will start from July 2. The USU also offers other courses like Journalism, Computer Science for a year, Vastu Shastra, Hindi translation and language technology.Published by HT Syndication with permission from Pioneer.

Source: The Edventure Bureau


DU Relaxes Stand on Fitness Test

There is some relief for aspirants seeking admission under sports category in Delhi University, as the university on Friday agreed to allow colleges to accept each others fitness test results.

Many candidates who had qualified in the fitness test of one college were unsuccesful in others as they were exhausted after back to back tests and trials.

The university is also planning to make the fitness test centralized from next year so that the candidates need not take multiple tests while appearing for the trials at different colleges.

On day four of the trials, some candidates, who didn't qualify the fitness test of Lady Shri Ram College, but were successful elsewhere approached its sports admission committee.

The college contacted the university sport council for clarification and they were allowed to accept other colleges' fitness test results.

According to Meera Sood, secretary, sports council, DU,"The colleges can accept fitness test results of other colleges if the candidates get a written certificate from the concerned colleges.

But it depends on the individual colleges."

This will come as a relief to many aspirants as well as to colleges who feel that multiple fitness tests are a hurdle physically and it also clashes with the competitive trials.

In the past two days even national level sportspersons were disqualified because they didn't manage to qualify the fitness tests.

"I have asked our teacher in-charge of sports admission to look into such matters decide on case to case basis so that genuine aspirants are not left out because of failure in our fitness test as they might have passed it in other colleges," said principal of Gargi College, Meera Ramachandran.

According to university sources, the plan is to issue a fitness card to the students who qualify in the centralized test and that card will be valid for all colleges.

Source: The Edventure Bureau

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