English Literature finds most takers at Delhi University

June 16, 2014

New Delhi : Students said that while getting into Economics and Commerce has become near to impossible, English still has scope.With close to 60,000 students applying for a meagre 4,362 seats in English, the subject has become the most sought after course, beating Commerce and Economics in Delhi University.
Unlike previous years when Commerce and Economics remained the most popular courses among applicants, this year English is ruling the roost at the university. The next popular choice among students applying for the various courses under Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) through online mode is Mathematics, which has received a total of 57,126 applications tillSunday.
The process of online and offline applications for the 54,000 undergraduate seats started on June 2 and will go on till June 16.
Interestingly, Economics - which has been maintaining the highest cutoffs among all subjects for a few years - has received just 44,437 applications this year. Last year, Economics had 63,389 applications and Commerce had 59,978. This year Commerce has received only 43,215 applications.
Till8 pmon Sudnay, English had received 59,956 applications, as per data available on the university website. University officials said there is no explanation for the sudden rise in the number of applications. Officials feel that the removal of entrance test for admission to English could be a probable reason. "English has always been a very sought after course but many students didn't apply due to entrance. The entrance test was lifted two years ago and may be that is encouraging more students to opt for it," an official said.
Students said that while getting into Economics and Commerce has become near to impossible, there is still scope for English. "The cutoffs for English are reasonable at many good colleges. There isn't entrance like earlier so I am keen on that subject," said Nikita, a DU aspirant.
"I think an undergraduate degree in English opens up many fields unlike other courses which limits career choices. My first choice is English and second is Political Science," said Prithvi Rai, a DU aspirant.
B.Tech in Forensic Science, the subject which was introduced this year in DU, has received a good response from students. It has received over 28,847 applications. Interestingly, the course as of now is being offered by only one college and the varsity is yet to decide what all colleges will offer it. "The heads of defense forces have approached the University highlighting the need for trained forensic science experts in the country. More colleges will offer the course in near future," said Malay Neerav, joint Dean, student welfare.
Commerce has 12,452 seats across 56 colleges, while English has 4,362 seats. Last year after the introduction of FYUP the number of courses in Commerce and English increased. DU has already received over 2.25 lakh forms including the online and offline applications. The last day to fill the form isMondayand the varsity is expecting to cross to receive close to 3 lakh forms. This year also the number of students applying through online mode is more than the students taking offline route. (source-India today)
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