Colleges flout rules, students flustered

Additional eligibility criteria still unclear

Several students applying for Delhi University’s undergraduate admissions complained about some colleges asking for additional eligibility criteria (AEC) even though they are not needed in the the new format.

 Under the four-year undergraduate programme to be implemented from this academic session, AEC was scrapped with the view that it will make the admission process easier.

AEC primarily used to consist of a minimum percentage requirement for a language subject out of the best four.

“In the open session, DU officials said that unlike last year Maths in class 12 will not be required for applying for commerce courses. But several colleges have come out with their own AEC for commerce and for non-Maths students the cut off is doubled,” said a student.

Trouble for aspirants

This year colleges like Sri Guru Nanak Dev (SGND) Khalsa, Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Aurobindo (evening) and Dyal Singh have AEC for Maths in the commerce courses offered.

Initially, DU decided to do away with AEC for reserved category students and later decided to scrap the section for all categories.

Several students applying for Hindi and Sanskrit four-year honours degree complained that some colleges are asking for English as an AEC to apply for these courses.

“Ram Lal Anand college for its Hindi (H) degree has made it mandatory that the students applying should have studied English till class 10.  Sri Venkateswara College is asking for English till class 12 for applying for Hindi (H),” said another student. Sri Venkateswara College has a similar criteria for Sanskrit (H) degree.

Students further said that some colleges are also selecting students for English (H) by evaluating functional, core and elective English studied by students.
“Sri Venkateswara college has come out with such a criteria for English (H). I am confused as to on what basis will they decide as different school boards have different English syllabi. I have heard that few more colleges are following such an AEC,” said Sakshi, an aspirant.

Till last year admissions to English (H) were made through an entrance test — which was scrapped this year — and direct admissions through marks scored in class 12.

Against new rules

A senior official said that colleges cannot come out with AEC this year.
“We have categorically notified all colleges that AEC will not be used this year. We have not put it on the admission forms also. We will look into it,” said the official.

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