Delhi University (DU) will allow ‘outsiders’ of all age groups, including senior citizens, mid-career professionals and students currently enrolled in other universities, to study up to two courses in a semester at DU along with their regulars. students
“Now, the university is open to all citizens, if you want to study a course, please come and enroll in a course. But you have to attend classes with regular students, take exams with them,” said Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Singh. The Indian Express in a recent interview.
The move is part of DU’s Competition Enhancement Scheme (CES) which was approved by the Executive Council last month. The regime will start from January 1, 2023. People enrolled in the program will be given a certificate of completion of a course, and the credits obtained will be added to the Academic Credit Bank, which stores them digitally.
Everyone will be eligible to apply, provided they meet the eligibility criteria for a particular program, if any. However, if the institute receives more applications than the number of places available, the most meritorious students would be considered. “Higher Merit” will be determined by class 12 marks for undergraduate programs and university marks for graduate programs.
Since universities and school boards have become more liberal in awarding marks, DU, the VC said, is deliberating on a ‘merit like seniority’ model and possibly reserving half the seats for seniors. “The detailed modality of the procedure is yet to be confirmed, but we are sure that merit should not be the sole criterion (for admission),” said Prof K. Ratnabali, dean of Academic Activities and Projects.
If the student is already enrolled in another university/institution or has a job, he/she will have to submit a “No Objection Certificate” from the said institution or company at the time of enrolment.
Registrations would be open for all courses running at DU during the launch.
The number of seats in each course under this scheme would be supernumerary in nature, i.e. above the sanctioned seat capacity for a programme.
The fee for the courses is undecided, but the VC has indicated that the charges would be nominal. “The fee would be between Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000. This is more of a social service effort,” he said.