The University of Delhi, one of the most prestigious universities in the country, started the admission procedure for the academic year 2020 from June 20, 2020. The registration portal will remain open till July 4, 2020 for Undergraduate, Post-Graduate, M. Phil and Ph.D. programs.
Due to the current pandemic, the varsity plans to undertake the entire admission process right from registration to document verification in online mode, which is the biggest change in itself. The coronavirus outbreak has compelled the university to undertake the following changes to ensure efficient completion of the admission process:
NO ECA ADMISSIONS EXCEPT NSS AND NCC
The varsity will not allow students to get admission under extra-curricular activities (ECA) except for NSS and NCC. It will consider only students holding NSS and NCC certificates under the ECA Category instead of the 14 activities registered every year.
NO SPORTS TRIALS
DU will not conduct any trials for students excelling in sports this year but allow the admissions under sports category based on exams and awards, etc. Earlier, candidates were shortlisted based on their merit certificates attached in their registration form, who further used to give trials at different venues to get supernumerary seats reserved at different colleges. The university offers admission under sports quota in 27 disciplines.
ONLINE AUDITIONS FOR MUSIC COURSES
The students looking for music courses need to upload their videos on YouTube to be evaluated by a panel, hence there will be no trials for them as well. According to the brochure released, “The candidates will upload a video of their seven-minute performance on YouTube and mark it as unlisted. The link of the uploaded YouTube video will be submitted by the candidates along with the admission application form on the DU admission portal. Applicant must upload original, non-studio, unmixed, and unedited video with only one accompanying instrument besides the electronic tanpura.”
NO PERCENTAGE DEDUCTION ON CHANGING STREAMS
Unlike previous years, there will be no deduction of marks for students changing their stream from science to humanities. Earlier there used to be a deduction of up to 5% marks on changing streams. As per reports of Indian Express, Shobha Bagai, Dean of the admission said, “The rule was based on the belief that science students score more than humanities and would take a major chunk of seats in BA programs which are meant for humanities students. However, now that all studies are going interdisciplinary, the rule does not hold any ground. We also wish to make the entire admission process smooth. Thus, we have requested colleges to not deduct any marks, most of the colleges have agreed to this as well.”
INTRODUCED SINGLE FORM
There will be no restrictions on students in choosing a particular college or course in the form. According to the Indian Express, the varsity has made a ‘Single Form’ admissions. Accordingly, students applying for DU will be eligible to take admission in all the courses in any college of DU with constraints to the cut-off criteria.
OPEN HOUSE SESSIONS REPLACED BY WEBINARS
To follow social distancing, DU will replace the open house sessions with webinars. To address the thousands of queries of students and parents related to the procedure, the university used to have open house sessions across various colleges. This year the varsity will organize LIVE WEBINARS along with Online Help Desks to assist the aspirants.