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For those of you for whom college education begins and ends at Delhi University, there is good news and some hope.  The university has started several new courses and has also increased the number of seats this year.

With cut-offs crowding around 95-100 per cent,  most aspirants feel distressed even thinking about the possibility of making the grade for their favourite college, or any college for that matter. But if one were to go by the final cut-off list of last year (the percentage of marks at which the admissions closed), there were many college courses which admitted students with as low as 68-75 per cent marks for some courses.

If your heart is set on a particular subject then you may have to be prepared for considering alternative options to Delhi University if your marks do not measure up. But if you do not have a particular course in mind and are willing to consider a variety of subject options,  then it is likely you won’t be disappointed. Often the best option for the ‘undecided’  is to take up graduation in an arts, commerce or science subject of their choice which may be a good base for further study.  So a BA, BSc or even the general program courses can be the starting point leading to further studies at post-graduation, in any specialized field.

While a majority of students seeking admission target the more popular courses such as the commerce and business studies, some science courses and a few social sciences, there are so many other courses worth a second look. In the past couple of years, several new courses have also been introduced in several colleges, as well as a couple of new courses in the university. These include Political Science (Hons) at St Stephen’s College; Sociology (Hons) at Indraprastha College for Women; Mathematics (Hons) at  Gargi College and Delhi College of Arts and Commerce; as well as Computer Science (Hons), History, Psychology and Mathematics (Hons) at Aryabhatta College; and several new courses at Bharti College, Ramanujan College and Daulat Ram College.

In addition, a new course being introduced is the BSc in Forensic Science which will be started at SGTB Khalsa College. Also, a new five-year integrated course in journalism will make its debut this academic session under the Faculty of Social Sciences — a big relief for male students interested in journalism and mass communication. The only other college offering this course being the all-girls Indraprastha College.

Some interesting courses at DU that deserve special mention include:

Faculty of Arts/ Social Sciences/ Applied Social Sciences & Humanities

  • BA and BA Hons in  Indian and foreign languages, including Bengali, Punjabi, Persian, Arabic, Spanish and Italian.

In today’s globalized world language fluency can open doors to a range of jobs with corporate organizations based in or dealing with foreign countries, international organizations, and in jobs related to travel, and communications.

  • BA (Hons) in Hindi Patrakarita (Hindi Journalism)  offered at Aditi Maha Vidyalaya College, Dr. BhimRao Amedkar College, Ram Lal Anand College, Ramanujam College, is another good program for anyone looking for a career in journalism.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Vocational Studies (BVoc)  which covers a range of interesting skill-based courses in Healthcare Management, Retail Management & IT, Web Designing, Printing Technology, Banking Operations, Software development, and TV program and  News production.

Each course provides job -oriented training that can lead to direct employment on graduation.

Admission will be given on the basis of cut-offs which are expected to be much lower than those for the regular Honours programs, with a 2 percent advantage given to those who have passed related vocational subjects to be included in the “best of four” subjects.

Colleges offering B Voc courses include — Maharaja Agrasen College, Kalindi College, Jesus and Mary College, and College of Vocational Studies.

In addition, College of Vocational Studies continues with seven vocational courses that it has been offering for several years. These include tourism management, office management and secretarial practice, management and marketing of insurance, small and medium enterprises, materials management, human resource management and marketing management and retail business.

Faculty of Science/Interdisciplinary & Applied Sciences

  • BSc Food Technology: Requires physics, chemistry, mathematics/biology or biotechnology. The course is being offered at Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Science, Institute of Home Economics, and Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women.

The course which covers food and nutrition, food processing and packaging, food chemistry, new product development, and so on can lead to jobs in food processing industries, dairy industries, distilleries, packaging units, research laboratories, catering establishments etc.

Lady Irwin College and Institute of Homes Economics offer the BSc Home Science (Hons) course which requires any one science subject, and program course, which is open to students of any stream can also lead into careers related to this field.

  • BSc Biomedical Science: Offered by Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women requires students to have taken up physics, chemistry and biology/ biotechnology in Class XII. Students with maths as the additional fourth subject get a 3 percent advantage. This is an inter-disciplinary science course covering biological chemistry, immunology, biotechnology, pharmacology and toxicology as well as bioinformatics, IPR, and human physiology and includes hands-on training in medical lab techniques, epidemiological data analysis, and with tools used in forensic science.

Good opportunities for further study and jobs in scientific research and development, bio-instrumentation, medical imaging, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment manufacturing and healthcare await the pass outs.

Two good courses to start this year include the five- year integrated Journalism program and a BSc ( Hons) Forensic Science course at Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur (SGTB) Khalsa College.

  • Journalism, five-year integrated course  To be offered at a new Delhi School of Journalism, this is a much sought after course being introduced this year. The course will lead to a master’s degree in journalism, with an exit option after three years with a bachelor’s degree.

The course will cover reporting and editing, media studies, social media, operations of mobile broadcast stations, and also study of foreign languages and regional languages.

It will also include hands-on learning through internships and project work, print and media work and film documentary making.

  • The B Sc (Hons) Forensic Science program will require physics, chemistry and mathematics or biology, and cover subjects such as criminal law, forensic psychology, forensic chemistry, forensic biology, forensic anthropology, forensic medicine.

Good prospects with forensic labs, detective agencies, and the police department are envisaged after such a course.

 

Authored by Usha Albuquerque

Source: Tribune India

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