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Aspirants who don’t make it to Delhi University in the course or college of their choice need not worry, say university experts. After the first cutoff list is released, hundreds of students are in a fix trying to make sense of the admission list. But teachers say such confusion is not necessary and taking admission in the first list, if a student has made it, is very important. You may not get the course or college of your choice, but not taking admission in the first list and waiting for the second list is a risk not worth taking. All colleges follow a policy where applicants who were eligible but not take admission under the first list in a particular college, will not be given consideration in the second cutoff list unless they have seats left. If an applicant has got admission in a course of her choice but not in a college she wants to study in, the best bet is to take admission in a college where she has met the cut. In case the applicant makes it to a college of her choice in the second list, she should first go to the college, make sure she is eligible and then withdraw admission from the first college.
Course of college?
The biggest question on students’ minds is whether they should take admission based on the college reputation or the course. Counsellors and Delhi University experts have been telling students for several years to pick the course over the college. All colleges in DU follow the same curriculum and teachers are selected based on the same criteria. Picking a course over a college also gives you an opportunity to study something that you are interested in. The only case in which you should choose a college over a course is of you are totally unsure about the course you want to pursue. Correspondence courses In case, a student has not made it anywhere in the first list, there is no need to worry. The colleges will come out with five cut-off lists and with each list, your chances of making it will improve. Applying to the School of Open Learning as a back-up is also a good idea. The application process for the school has not started yet and the admission schedule will be announced soon. The courses on offer are BA (honours) Political Science, English and B Com, BA Programme and BA Programme. Women who have applied in the Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB) should also take admission as soon as they get in. The board holds classes on the weekends and is open only for women who live in the Delhi NCR. Their cut-off will be declared on July 15.
Certificate courses
Applicants who want to get diplomas in languages or other courses such as Peace and Conflict Resolution can also apply to specific courses in departments and colleges. An applicant will have to go through the prospectus of each college to find out what courses are on offer and what the eligibility is. At St Stephen’s College, a diploma in languages is possible even if you are not a DU student. At Lady Shri Ram College for Women, one can similarly study Peace and Conflict Resolution.