By Disha Saxena
New Delhi: In addition to its normal students, the Delhi University (DU) will soon allow "outsiders" of all age groups—including seniors, professionals in mid-career, and students enrolled in other universities—to take up to two courses per semester.
"The university is now accessible to all citizens; if you'd want to enroll in a course, please come. However, you must take classes and take examinations with other students.
The action is a component of the Competence Enhancement Scheme (CES) for DU, which the Executive Council authorized last month. The programme will begin on January 1st, 2023. When a course is completed, participants in the programme will receive a certificate, and the credits they earned will be added to the Academic Bank of Credits, which stores them digitally.
Everyone will be able to apply as long as they meet the requirements for a specific programme if any. The pupils with greater merits would be taken into consideration, nonetheless, if the institute receives more applications then there are seats available. For undergraduate programmes, Class 12 grades would be used to assess "higher merit," and for postgraduate programmes, university grades.
The V-C stated that DU is considering a "merit cum seniority" model and may reserve half of the seats for older citizens because universities and school boards have become more lenient in how they give grades. Professor K. Ratnabali, the dean of academic activities and projects, stated that although the specifics of the admissions process have not yet been finalized, "we are confident that merit should not be the only consideration (for admission)."
When registering, students who are already enrolled in another university or institution or who are working must present a "No objection Certificate" from that institution or employer.
All DU courses that are currently in session are open for registration at the time of launch.
The number of seats in each course under this plan would be extraneous, that is, more than the authorized number of seats for a programme.
Although the cost of the courses has not been determined, the V-C has stated that any fees will be minimal.
The cost would be in the range of Rs 5000–Rs 10,000.
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