University of Delhi has decided to increase the number of undergraduate intake for the first time in 8 years. With the exception of certificate, PG, engineering and nursing programmes, about 2,330 seat will be added across various courses and colleges.
The increase in the number of seat means the increase in seats for popular courses like Bachelor of Business studies, History and English. A new course in forensic science will be added at SGTB Khalsa College.
In the executive council meeting held on Tuesday, the committee scrutinized proposals of colleges and reports of inspection committees for assigning new courses to the colleges. The 14-member committee recommended 35 courses "subject to the condition that the college must appoint full-time faculty and the infrastructure available to run the course effectively".
The number of seats for BSc (Hons) Mathematics in DU colleges can be increased by 322 seats in the next admission cycle, the second highest seat gainer is BSc (Hons) Computer Science and BA (Hons) History with 230 seats each. Other subjects which will have more intake are Physics, English and Geography and BBS with 138 seats each and chemistry with 128 seats.
A new course, BSc (Hons) forensic science, will be introduced in SGTB Khalsa College. Moreover, Kamala Nehru College will become the first college to offer BA (Hons) in French. So far, the course was being offered at the department level. Statistics, zoology, botany, psychology, applied psychology, English journalism and philosophy, will be offered in new colleges.
"This increase means increased workload and more faculty positions. During OBC expansion, funds were provided for that. While Delhi government funded colleges may find it easy to increase the intake, those run by trusts will have to approach University Grants Commission for funding. Besides, the increase in seats will first have to be sanctioned by UGC," a senior official said.