DU Opens Doors to Madrasa Students

Starting this year, Delhi University will open its doors to students of recognised madrasas that have established boards on par with state education boards.

"Admission based on certificates issued by madrasas was not done till now. But, the university has issued a circular to all colleges, allowing admission of students from madrasas that are affiliated to state madrasa boards recognised by the government. Of course, admissions will be subject to students meeting the eligibility criteria set for different courses. This will be applicable from this academic session," a senior DU official said on Saturday.

Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha are among the states that have state-level madrasa boards. Certificates issued by these boards are considered on par with CBSE and other school board certificates.

The move is a step towards making the university system more inclusive, said Dr M Aslam Parvaiz, principal of Zakir Husain Delhi College.

"Madrasa, which have government-recognised boards, teach social sciences, Hindi, mathematics, etc. While universities like JNU, Jamia and AMU accept madrasa certificates for some courses, DU did not do so till now. It is a very inclusive step," Dr Parvaiz said.

Zakir Husain Delhi College will operate a separate counter to facilitate the admission of madrasa students, the principal said.

"It is a welcome move and will help bring students from madrasas to the mainstream system. I am happy that the decision has been made," said Dr Rajendra Prasad, principal of Ramjas College.

Jawaharlal Nehru University accepts madrasa board students from 25 madrasas recognised by its academic council for admission to BA (Hons) courses in foreign languages, said D Tekchandani, Advisor (Admissions) JNU.

Source: The Edventure Bureau


DU - 'Take Seat Wherever You Get It'

Applications have been filled and submitted but the new batch of students about to enter college still has questions - what courses are they allowed to take simultaneously? What are the prerequisites for certain courses? If they study a particular subject, are they likely to get jobs? A number of Delhi University professors, along with experts from Amity Law School, the Indian Air Force, the Canadian High Commission and career counsellors came together at Times of India's Mission Admission seminar on Friday to answer the queries of the new lot.

"Wherever your name comes - far or near, morning or evening, your choice or not - take admission. Don't depend on the second list. You don't know if it'll come," advised J M Khurana, dean, students' welfare, Delhi University. He urged applicants and their parents and guardians to go for their course of choice and not sacrifice it for the college.

Khurana also asked the youngsters to be farsighted about their choice of course. If they go in for something too specialized, they may run out of options at the master's level. For instance, there are only 13 seats in DU (six of them reserved) for microbiology which is offered by several colleges. He also added that one can study MBA after graduation in any course.

Former dean, students' welfare, S K Vij encouraged students to pick knowledge over "package" - paycheck once they land jobs. "Delhi University is not the beginning and end of education in India," he added. Career counsellor, Anupam Srivastava was at the conference to discuss exactly that - education opportunities outside Delhi University.

Major General Nilendra Kumar, director, Amity Law School, Amity University, spoke about a career in law and the courses available; Wing Commander Vikram Bakshi, joint director, publicity, addressed the students on behalf of the Indian Air Force saying it's still one of the best professions available, offering a "quality of life" that's different from any other. Applicants can become pilots or be in the engineering or technical teams.

Audience-members had many queries for H C Pokhriyal, executive director, School of Open Learning, who explained that they can still register for the distance learning courses. He clarified doubts about the study material, exam schedules and subjects offered as part of BA Programme.

P C Jain, principal, Shri Ram College of Commerce, spoke of career options available after a course in Commerce but the questions from the audience were all to do with cutoffs. "What will be the cutoff for SRCC this year? It can't go beyond 100%," said an audience-member. Jain explained that high scores and limited seats leave them without any option. He also added that, at SRCC, science-students were given advantage but 38 of them left last year.

For those considering going abroad, Simon Cridland from the Canadian High Commission, spoke about education in Canada covering everything from courses available to the costs. Cridland also explained the difference between universities and "community colleges". In the last session, Pervin Malhotra, career counsellor spoke of careers in the 21st century.

Source: The Times of India


SRCC Gets 48,000 Applications, Getting A Seat Gets Tougher

Every year, cut-offs at Delhi University's Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) go through the roof. And yet, this does not deter students from applying to this premier college in droves. This year, applications to SRCC have touched a new high.

The college offers only two courses: B.Com (honours) and Economics (honours). And it has received a staggering 48,000 applications for the two courses. In 2010, the last time when the university accepted forms, the number had stood at 42,000.

The number of students who applied to the college is 27,192. Since a student can apply to more than one course through the same form, the number of applications is higher.

By contrast, the number of students who applied to St. Stephen's College, considered the most sought-after college in Delhi University, stands at 23,000. This, despite the fact that the college offers 10 undergraduate courses.

Meanwhile, other colleges, too, are in the process of sorting out their application figures. "We will have a definitive picture by Sunday but so far, we can say that B.Com (honours) is leading the way in terms of the number of applications," said Poonam Sethi, admission in-charge, Hindu College.

Both Hindu College and SRCC have received the highest number of applications for B.Com (honours), indicative of the fact that cut-offs, this year too, may see a considerable jump. However, colleges say that the cut-offs in popular colleges depend upon the number of applicants who have scored above 95 per cent.

"We have to think about applicants from boards outside Delhi as well. The number of outstation candidates has been increasing over the past few years. A number of these students have scored brilliantly. Having said that, our cut-offs are already very high and there is a limit to where we can go. Everything will be clear by Monday evening," said PC Jain, principal, SRCC. B.Com (honours) followed by Economics (honours) is the most popular course in the university. Together, the two courses account for close to 50 per cent of all applications across colleges.

Source: The Hindustan Times


Cut-Offs Likely to be High as DU Colleges Prefer to Remain in 'Cautious' Mode

Expect no miracles this year from the "cautious" Delhi University colleges. Cut-offs, buoyed by increase in demand for under-graduate courses and better CBSE results, will continue their climb upwards.

Cut-offs in general category may see a rise of 0.5 to 2 per cent in all courses, and the usual suspects — Com (H), Economics (H), English (H), etc —ill lead the jump when cut-off lists are released on June 26, said principals of Delhi University colleges.

At Hindu College, which had a cut-off of 95.5 to 99 per cent in 2011 for B Com (H) last year, cut-offs are likely to rise further for many courses while some may see a dip, said acting principal Dr Pradyumn Kumar.

"Once we decide on a cut-off, we have to admit all those who meet it. Even a difference of .5 will make a large difference. We are being cautious as we do not was over-admissions to happen. Expect cut-offs this year to be a plus or minus .5 per cent of those last year," he said.

"Fifteen years ago, if we admitted 60 students to a course, 15 would stay on. Now the situation has changed and under-graduate courses have become very attractive to students. This is the reason cut-offs have gone up in recent years," Dr Kumar said.

Sri Venkateswara College

Cut-offs for BCom(H) and Economics (H) courses will see a rise from last year's highest of 97.75 at Sri Venkateswara College, said Dr V C S Rao, professor of Chemistry and media coordinator of the college.

"Based on the CBSE results this year, cut-offs will rise by at least one per cent in all courses. In Commerce and Economics Honours, which are the most in demand, a hike of more than one per cent from last year may be expected. Even in courses with less demand there will be no reduction in cut-offs in the first list," Dr Rao said.

Hansraj College

"Every year, the number of applicants to under-graduate courses rise while the number of seats remain the same, so cut-offs will go up," said Dr V K Kawatra, principal of Hansraj College. On an average, a one percentage point rise can be expected for courses at our college, he said.

At Ramjas College, too, cut-offs are "bound to go up," said Dr Rajendra Prasad, the college principal. "Along with BCom (H)and Economics (H), cut-offs in all subjects will see a rise of between .5 and 2 percent. Over-admissions, which happened last year —e admitted nearly 200 students in classes meant for 60 —s one of the reasons why we will be cautious this year," he said.

Zakir Husain Delhi College

Along with Arts and Commerce, the Sciences are also going to get pricier this year. Last year saw a resurgence in demand for Science courses, said Dr M Aslam Parvaiz, principal of Zakir Husain Delhi College.

"For honours courses like B Com, Economics, Psychology and English, which see good demand, cut-offs will go up. Last year, we noticed a surge in demand for Science courses. Students seem to be returning to the Sciences so we will go cautious with Science cut-offs this year, which will be slightly higher than last year," Dr Parvaiz said.

Choose courses over colleges

Past experience with cut-offs, along with CBSE results and data provided by Delhi University based on pre-admission forms submitted by candidates with their choice of colleges and courses are the main consideration when determining cut-offs, principals said.

Based on the response to first list, cut-offs may come down, said Dr Kumar of Hindu College. "We will bring the cut-offs down if we see the need. There is no need for students to lose hope. I advise them to pick courses over colleges. A course will stay with them through life while the college will not matter once you pass out. Different colleges provide different environments but the quality of teachers is the same everywhere," Dr Kumar said.

"If seats are vacant after the first cut-off list, the cut-offs will be reduced in subsequent lists by 0.25 to 0.5 per cent," said Dr Rao of Sri Venkateswara College.

Dr J M Khurana, Dean of Students' Welfare, said, "We have prepared CDs with separate folders for each course with details like number of students who have applied, how many have marks above a certain percentage, etc. Colleges can use the data while determining cut-offs."

Outside of the CBSE Board, bulk of Delhi University's students come from state boards of UP and Haryana and Bihar, said Dr Khurana.

Source: The Indian Express


St Stephens Cut Offs

St. Stephens College, Delhi has released its cut offs for 2012 admissions and the - Cut offs for English and Economics touch new highs.

The detailed cut offs are available at


Infotech Signs An MoU With UPES Dehradun

Infotech Enterprises Limited, a leading Global Engineering Services company, signed anMoU with UPES - University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Dehradun. The MoU was signed by Mr. B. Ashok Reddy, President - Global HR and Corporate Affairs, Infotech Enterprises Limited and the Vice Chancellor, Dr. ParagDiwan, UPES Dehradun in a ceremony held at the Manikonda facility of Infotech at Hyderabad today. The signed MoUs were exchanged in the presence of Mr B.V.R. Mohan Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director, Infotech Enterprises Ltd.

UPES Dehradun offers under graduate and post graduate courses in specialized branches of Engineering such as Aerospace Engineering, Applied Petroleum Engineering, Pipeline Engineering, Infrastructure Engineering, Geo Informatics, Geo Sciences etc. These are some of the specializations in which Infotech will collaborate with UPES Dehradun.

Through this MoU the students of UPES Dehradun would gain industrial exposure, internships, industrial visits and they can get engaged in live projects at Infotech. The faculty of UPES Dehradun will also get Industry orientation through practical training by Infotech. Infotech will nominate its experts as visiting faculty and organize special technical lectures at UPES campus. In addition, Infotech would extend its support in designing the curriculum for Under Graduate and Post Graduate programs in order to enable the institute align with industry requirements. UPES will design Certificate programs and impart training for the engineers of Infotech. The academic experts from UPES will deliver guest lectures at Infotech. The MoU also provides for joint participation between Infotech and UPES on development projects.

Mr. B.V.R Mohan Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director, Infotech Enterprises Limited said, "This is one more step towards our organizational objective of improving skills of graduating students with collaboration with Universities and Engineering colleges. We will continue our endeavor by supporting the students with internships, projects and placement. We will support the institution in providing state of art course curriculum and also adjunct faculty. The MOU envisages a win-win to UPES and Infotech"

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. B. Ashok Reddy, President - Global HR and Corporate Affairs, Infotech Enterprises Limited said, "This MoU reinforces our commitment to share our engineering domain expertise with the Institute to nurture quality talent. Besides, it lays emphasis on undertaking joint R&D and consultancy projects with UPES Dehradun. We would encourage our senior technical executives to spare their time in imparting knowledge on the latest developments in Technology through various faculty programs".

The Vice Chancellor, Dr ParagDiwan, UPES Dehradun said, "We are proud to be associated with Infotech, a global Engineering services company with proven leadership in Engineering. This MOU would go a long way in enhancing the quality of education at UPES and providing Industry orientation to the students and the faculty."

Infotech's Campus Connect initiative provides for a two way association with the Institutions - to enrich the quality of technical education imparted at the Institutes and creating a talent pool ready for deployment in the Industry. Infotech has been actively promoting partnership between the Industry and Academia by signing MoUs with IIT Hyderabad, JNTU Kakinada, JNTU Hyderabad, CBIT Hyderabad, SNIST Hyderabad, CIPET Hyderabad, MLRIT Hyderabad and IARE Hyderabad. The M. Tech Avionics program at JNTU Kakinada launched in the year 2011, is one of the many notable achievements of Infotech'sMOUs with Engineering Institutes in its effort to help improve the quality and industry readiness of talent available for the industry.

Source: The Edventure Bureau


Mumbai University Announces Fee Hike for Degree Courses

Students - or rather their parents - will now have to pay more for education with the University of Mumbai all set to implement a fee hike from this year.

Fees for aided courses such as BCom, BA and BSc will be increased by Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000 (the current fee is Rs 4,000-5,000), while for self finance courses such as BSc IT, BMM and BMS the hike will be between Rs 11,000 and Rs 12,000 (the current fee is Rs 17,000-22,000).

College principals have welcomed the move, but the Parents Teachers Association, while not altogether opposing the hike, has demanded that it be made more reasonable.

The Fee Fixation Committee, under the chairmanship of former pro-vice chancellor Ashok Pradhan, will take a final decision on June 19.

Sources said that the current fee structure was framed in 2008, after which there has been no change in the last four years. During this period, the government implemented the 6th Pay Commission, due to which the salaries of teachers increased sharply.

For self finance courses, sources said, the government was not providing any aid to colleges who have to pay salaries from the money earned through students' fees.

Varsity will take a final decision on June 19 Principal Dr T A Shivare of Hinduja College, who is also president of the Association of Non-Government Colleges, has backed the proposal. He said, "A fee hike is needed to maintain the quality of education. For self finance courses we appoint NET-SET approved teachers and have to pay their salaries as per the 6th Pay Commission. Fees from students is the only source from which we can generate money for salaries. The same course fees in autonomous institutes in the city and outside the state is almost double of what we charge in our colleges."

Dr Shivare added, "For aided courses we do not get any non-salary grants but still have to spend a lot on things such as infrastructure, electricity, water, etc. If a small hike in course fees is implemented, we will be able to earn some more money to meet our expenses."

However, ArundhatiChavan, president of the Parents Teachers Association, said that they are opposed to any steep hike. She said, "Education should be affordable for all classes of people. There's a greater demand for self financing courses because these courses are job-oriented courses and they should be made affordable for poor students. The Fee Fixation Committee must keep poor students in mind when taking a final decision. We are not opposing a fee hike at all, but it should be reasonable."

The Fee Fixation Committee has already held two meetings to discuss the hike which will be implemented in over 500 colleges affiliated to the university. In fact, speaking on condition of anonymity, one principal said that while the admission process has already begun, their prospectus clearly mentions that in the event of a hike being approved, the fees will accordingly be revised. 

Source: The Pune Mirror

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