DU admissions: Economics, English, BCom honours only for those who scored 90% and above

The first Delhi University (DU) cut-off for many courses has dipped across colleges, a first in many years, but the DU dream still remains far for those who have scored below 90% and wish to study Honours courses in Economics, Bcom and English.

All the colleges that offer these courses have kept the cut-off at 90% and above, with 95% and above being the cut-off for a majority of colleges.

There are 38 colleges offering Economics (Hon) and 35 of them have kept the cut-off at 95% and above. The rest three have kept it at 90% and above, and none has below 90%. The highest cut-off is at SGTB Khalsa College at 98.25%.

Similarly, all 46 colleges that offer English (Hon) have kept the cut-off at 90% and above; 27 of them have set the limit at 95% and above. English was the second most sought after course with 1,28,842 applicants opting for the course.

BCom (Hon) is available at 90% and above at all 54 colleges that offer the course, and in fact, at 48 colleges, the cutoff is 95% and above.

Economics (Hon) and BCom (Hon) are among the top 10 courses in terms of the number of applicants opting for them. “The cut-offs for these courses are usually kept higher to avoid over-admission. In off-campus colleges, the cut-off may come down in the second list,” said a DU official, who did not wish to be named.

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But students who have scored below 90% need not lose hope, as there are options available for them in many colleges for sought out courses like History, Political Science, and BA Programme. Other courses like Hindi, Sanskrit, and Social Work are also available mostly in the range of 70-80%.

BA Programme, which is the most sought after course at DU, is available at 90% and below, with 30 colleges out of the total 50 that offer the course. Over 1.4 lakh students have applied for this course.

Out of the 42 colleges that offer History, 18 have kept the cut-off below 90%. The cut-off is 75% at Bhagini Nivedita and 78% at Bharati College.

Political Science is available at 90% and above at 35 colleges out of the total 45 that offer the course, but three colleges have a lower cut-off — Bhagini Nivedita at 80%, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee at 72%, Mata Sundri College at 74.5%.

Sanskrit, which is offered in 28 colleges, has the highest cut-off at 85% at Dyal Singh and lowest at Gargi College at 50%. Only in six colleges it is in the range of 70-80%, and the rest 22 colleges has it below 70%.



New distance learning rules: Universities need fresh approvals from UGC for programmes

Universities offering programmes through distance mode will now be regulated under the University Grants Commission (UGC) (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017, notified by the commission on Friday.

The commission, through the regulations, has laid down the minimum standards of instruction for the grant of degree at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels through open and distance learning mode.

According to officials, under the new regulations, students will also be allowed to take up to 20% of the total courses being offered in a particular programme in a semester through the online learning courses/massive open online courses as per UGC’s (Credit Framework for Online Learning Courses through SWAYAM) Regulations, 2016.

“Under this mode, students will be able to opt for online courses offered by various universities and institutions across the country and the credit will be transferred to them,” said a senior UGC official.


All higher educational institutions offering a programme in open and distance learning mode will now have to seek fresh approval from the commission to operate.

Delhi University, Jamia Millia Islamia and Kurukshetra University among others will be impacted by the move.

The regulations will apply to universities offering distance learning mode for all degree programmes at the undergraduate and post-graduate level, other than programmes in engineering, medicine, dental, pharmacy, nursing, architecture, physiotherapy and programmes not permitted to be offered in distance mode by any other regulatory body.

All examinations for programmes of the open and distance mode will be conducted within the institution where the study centres or learner support centres are located.

Gorakhpur to get CBSE Teachers’ Training Institute

Concerned over the quality of teachers in UP, the government has asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to set up a teachers’ training institute in Gorakhpur.

There is only one such institute in UP— in Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s constituency Rae Bareli. Officials claim the facility has been under-utilised due to its location.


The new institute for which land will be allocated by the UP government will cater to teachers in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

“We informed the chief minister that the state needs an institute so that teachers can undergo training by experts. CBSE had tried to get land in Lucknow earlier for this purpose but it was not allocated. We are glad that it will finally materialise now,” said a senior official. “We need to impart good training to teachers so that they can make classroom teaching interesting. The institute will also emphasise on pedagogy for effective use of information communication technology for teachers,” he said.



CBSE schools in state ignoring Punjabi: SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Kirpal Singh Badungar on Sunday alleged that most schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in the state are ignoring Punjabi language.

“In these (CBSE-affiliated) schools, Punjabi language is given unfair treatment and students are deprived of their mother toungue,” Badungar said in a press release.


Calling it an injustice, the SGPC chief said he has written to the chief principal secretary to the chief minister, Suresh Kumar, to take proper measures to make Punjabi a compulsory subject in all schools in the state.

“It is matter of grief that students are deprived of Punjabi language,” he said.“This is a very serious issue and it is the moral duty of the Punjab government to ensure study of this language in CBSE schools.”


Delhi University: Direct admission for Paralympic, Olympic participants, other sports stars

Ten students, who represented India in international sports meets, have been given direct admission to Delhi University colleges this year.

DU colleges have a sports quota of up to 5%, and almost 13,000 students had applied to these seats this year. The students usually have to go through rounds of trials to be chosen for these seats, however, some are given ‘direct admission.’

This provision is reserved for students who have represented India in “Olympic games/ World Championship/ World Cup/ Commonwealth games/ Asian Games/ Asian Championships/ South Asian Games/ Paralympic games” according to the DU Sports Council’s guidelines.

“These are the highest tournaments for sports as recognised by the government of India. We are trying to honour their performance and achievements. Their participation (in these tournaments) is not just an honour for them, but also others,” explained Anil Kumar Kalkal, the director of DU sports Council.

This year, ten students, including eight shooters, one javelin thrower, and one swimmer have been given direct admission.

These sportspersons include, parathlete Rinku who represented India in the Summer Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, swimmer Shivani Kataria, who represented India at the Rio Olympics in 2016, and shooters such as Asees Chhina, Diwakar Yadav, Fateh Singh Dhillon, and Simran Preet Kaur, who were part of the ISSF Junior World Cup held in Germany in 2016.

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Others like double trap shooter Bhowneesh Mendiratta and shotgun shooter Manavaditya Singh Rathore, represented India in the International Junior Shotgun Cup held in Finland in 2016, trap shooter Lakshay participated in the 13th Asian Championship held in Kuwait in 2015, and Vidhi Jain, who participated in the 9th Asian Championship held in Iran in 2016,

“These students can get directly admitted to those DU colleges which offer their particular sport,” explained Kalkal.

Cricketer Pawan Negi, who was part of the Indian T20 squad in 2016 and also plays with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, had also applied under the sports quota to the DU, however, due to errors in the uploaded documents, he will have to participate in the trials to be eligible for a seat, said DU officials.

“He uploaded a certificate that says he participated in the Vijay Hazare trophy, which is a national level tournament. We are bound by guidelines and particular about document requirements. So he will have to participate in the trials,” said Kalkal.

CBSE may do away with moderation policy in Class 12: ‘Board exams should reflect true marks of students’

Inflated marks appear set to go from this academic year with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) preparing to remove a clause in its marking system, or moderation policy, which spikes its Class 12 results.

The CBSE examination committee will meet later this week to consider doing away with the clause in the policy that the board adopts before declaring results of the school finals.

“We want to ensure true marks of students are reflected in the board exams and to maintain the pass parity, marks of students are moderated. This is unfair on those who work hard as moderation is not applicable if a student gets 95 marks or above,” a senior board official said.

The governing body meeting on June 29 will further take up the issue.

The clause allows the CBSE to maintain “a near parity of pass percentage of candidates in the current year vis-a-vis preceding years, subject-wise and overall”.

It because of this clause that the board results have shown near-parity in terms of pass percentage: 82% in 2015, 83.05% in 2016 and 82.02% in 2017.

The government is inclined to nix the policy, in view of students scoring 100% marks.

“Generous distribution of marks will stop soon. I will stop such bad practices in the field of education,” said Union human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar in Pune on Saturday evening.


“Students have to work hard to earn marks. It isn’t possible that everyone scores 100 out of 100 in all subjects. There should be some restrictions while awarding marks.”

Such high scores trigger abnormally high cut-offs — sometimes touching 100% — for subjects such as mathematics and history during admission to sought-after colleges, especially in Delhi University.

Adopted in 1992, the moderation policy allows the country’s biggest school board to give students extra marks. But some state boards used the system to increase marks of their students, spiking the overall pass percentage and, thereby, triggering widespread resentment.

States such as Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Bihar don’t have a moderation policy. But others, including Goa, Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand, use the policy to improve their pass percentage.

The CBSE, which has over 18,000 schools affiliated to it, decided to do away with this marking system this April but the Delhi high court asked it to continue this year.

The board follows three different sets of papers: one for Delhi, another for the rest of India, and the a third for foreign countries. It is planning to have a single paper.

This will reduce the need to carry out moderation by the board, sources said.

The CBSE, under the moderation policy, levels up the mean achievements in the set-wise performance of the candidates, attributable to the difference in the difficulty level of different sets of question papers in the multiple-set scheme.

However, officials said the CBSE’s move will be futile unless all state boards decide to remove the spiking of marks by amending their rules and regulations.

“It will put CBSE students in a disadvantageous position. Complete parity should be maintained amongst all boards, including state boards,” a central board official said.

The contentious issue of revaluation that is pending in the high court is likely to be taken up in the governing body meeting.

“We have a completely democratic set up and there’s no harm in revisiting our decision,” said a CBSE source.


Last chance: Registration for IITs to close at 5 pm today

Mumbai: Registrations for Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) aspirants will end at 5pm today. According to information released by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA), students who had appeared for JEE Advanced and scored qualifying marks in the exam will be eligible for registrations. The first seat allotment list will be released on June 28.

This year, 50,455 students will be vying for the 11,032 seats available across 22 IITs and the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. Last year, the figure stood at 36,500 candidates for 10,500 seats.

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Experts said this increase in the number of eligible candidates is due to the 18 bonus marks given to all students by IITs this year for a series of ‘ambiguous’ questions in the paper held on May 21. “IITs had already announced bonus 11 marks to all students earlier this month for three ambiguous questions and last evening they added another seven marks, making it a total of 18 extra marks given to all. This has made a huge difference to final scores of students,” said Vinay Kumar, MD and CEO of Rao Academy, a coaching institute in the city.

The minimum aggregate score for eligibility to admissions to IIT has been slotted at 128 out of 366 this time for the general category, 115 for OBC-NCL and 64 each for SC and ST categories.

Ex-ISRO head K Kasturirangan to head panel on National Education Policy

The Union ministry of human resource development has appointed former Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) head Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan to head the much-awaited committee to draft the National Education Policy, officials said on Monday.

According to officials, the HRD ministry has also chosen eight other experts and educationists from various backgrounds. They include former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer KJ Alphonse and Ram Shanker Kureel, who has a wide experience in the field of agricultural sciences and management.

MK Shridhar, who has served as member secretary of the Karnataka State Innovation Council, TV Kattimani, an expert on language communication, Mazhar Asif, a professor of Persian at Guwahati University, and former director of education, Uttar Pradesh, Krishan Mohan Tripathi will also bring a wealth of experience to the panel, sources said.

The committee also includes renowned mathematician Manjul Bhargava, who teaches at Princeton University, US, and vice-chancellor of SNDT Women’s University Vasudha Kamat, sources added.
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“It took us some time but the panel that has been appointed has members from diverse background especially in the field of education,” a source said.

The National Policy on Education was framed in 1986 and modified in 1992. The government has now appointed a committee to draft the final policy document. Consultations on the policy started during the tenure of the previous HRD minister Smriti Irani.

However, it courted controversy after some of the suggestions were found to be regressive by educationists. Her successor, Prakash Javadekar, restarted the discussion on by inviting suggestions from various political parties, educationists and institutions.

Officials said this diversity would help the panel to understand the diverse issues that have to be kept in mind for the formulation of such a key policy document, the sources said.

DU admissions: Entrance test for elementary education course on July 2

Delhi University will be conducting the entrance test for 400 seats under Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed.) on July 2.

The course is offered only to women candidates and is available in eight colleges. The entrance test for the course will be held from 12pm-2pm in 18 centers across the country.


B.El.Ed. Programme is a four-year integrated professional degree programme of Elementary Teacher Education. It is bilingual and interdisciplinary in nature.

Students study different theory courses in education, liberal options and school-based practicum such as school contact programme and school internship. Students also have year-long interactive sessions (workshops) with experts in the field of theatre, craft, story-telling and self-development.

“This programme aims to produce elementary teachers of high calibre,” the official said.

After doing the course, students can opt to become a teacher, pursue higher studies or appear for government jobs. Many students are directly placed in schools in the final year of their course, the official said.



The selection will be made according to the merit list that will be prepared on the basis of marks secured in the entrance test.

The two-hour test will have Class 10 level questions from English and Hindi, Social Science, Mathematics and Science. The entrance test will be of Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) format. There will be no descriptive questions and the test shall be bilingual (English and Hindi), wherever applicable.

“The entrance test is in MCQ format. There will be 100 questions. For each correct answer, a student shall score four marks and for each wrong answer, one mark will be reduced.” said a DU official.


Those applying for the course must have passed the Class 12 examination with a minimum aggregate of 50% marks in each of the four subjects and an aggregate of 50% in the qualifying examination, university officials said.


CBSE pulls up its Mumbai schools without special educators

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has pulled up its schools for not adhering to affiliation rules that make appointment of special educators to cater to differently-abled students compulsory.

Mumbai schools said there was a shortage of qualified teachers in the city, because few universities offer specialisations in it.

A special educator needs to work with children and young adults who require additional support to learn.

Appointment of special educators was made mandatory in 2015 under rule 13(11) of the board’s affiliation by-laws to promote inclusion of students with disabilities/special needs in schools according to the provisions of the “Persons with Disabilities Act 1995” and in conformity with the National Policy of Education.

Observing that many schools were not following the rule, Jaiprakash Chaturvedi, deputy-secretary of affiliation, said in a recent circular, “The management and the head of CBSE-affiliated schools are hereby directed to strictly follow the provisions and arrange to appoint special educators in schools.” He added that the schools will have to inform their managing committees about the provision for stricter compliance.

But city schools said it was difficult to meet this condition. DAV School, New Panvel, has been advertising for a special educator for the last two years, but did not find any qualified professionals. “We have been trying to hire a special educator since 2015. This year, we advertised twice but still did not get anyone good,” said Jayashree Khandekar, principal of the school.

Educators blamed it on the lack of courses available for special education. In Mumbai, only SNDT Women’s University, Churchgate and Juhu, offer a full course in special education, while few other private colleges offer short-term certificate courses.


There are barely 300 special educators in the state for more than 16 lakh children with learning disabilities, said Dr Harish Shetty, a psychiatrist who suggested that instead of mandatory appointments, the board can train regular teachers on basic remedial education. “This way, the existing faculty can be used for remediation, while authorised centres can carry out the tests,” he said. He said the human resource development ministry needed to start more courses on special education.

Some city schools are using counsellors in place of special educators or hiring them part-time. “We are unable to find full-time special educators, so our counsellor helps in remediation,” said Deepshika Srivastava. She added that although teachers have been sensitised in identifying students with learning disability, they could not pay individual attention to all because there were 40 to 50 students in each class.