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'DU aspirants looking for secure & other options'
With uncertainty looming over 2.8 lakh Delhi University (DU) aspirants this year, many of students have started looking out for secure and other options in some other universities like Indraprastha University (IP), Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and private institutions, reveals a paper by the industry body ASSOCHAM.

In case the tussle between the University Grants Commission and the DU top authority is not resolved soon, the DU aspirants will be forced to opt for other private institutions like Apeejay, Amity International, Rai university, Jaganath Institute of Management studies (JIMs), Manav Rachna. The current controversy is likely to impact this year's admission process by 10-15%. The inclination towards foreign universities would increase among those who are relatively well-off, adds the ASSOCHAM paper.

Delhi University (DU) mess is leaving many DU hopefuls especially those from other cities-in the lurch. The ASSOCHAM paper reveals that nearly 55% of students aspiring to get admission in Delhi University hail from the northeast, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, J&K etc, highlights the paper.

As per the ASSOCHAM estimate, more than 22% of the applicants at DU are from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar (18%), Bengal (15%) and North east (15%). As per data, over 2.5 Lakhs students apply every year to pursue undergraduate courses in general streams, engineering, medical and other professional and job-oriented courses such as mass communication and fashion and interior design. DU is a central university and admissions are open to students all over the country in equal manner excepting the regular reservations.

Commenting on the unsavoury developments, DS Rawat ASSOCHAM Secretary General said, thousands of students are feeling after being caught in a tug-of-war between the university and the University Grants Commission (UGC) over the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP). In the bargain, some of the private universities in and around the Delhi-NCR would benefit.

At present, there are approximately 75,000 students under the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP). The current controversy has cast a shadow on the future of more than 2.8 Lakhs students in jeopardy

Due to delay in admission, many parents and their wards from outstation have to spend extra time and money on travel and lodging in Delhi. "The longer the stalemate continues, greater the chance of DU admissions clashing with the dates for applying to colleges in different universities", adds Mr. Rawat.

This year, Delhi University received nearly 8,000 to 10,000 applications from foreign applicants. The stand-off is costing India its international image, points out the paper.

Earning a better from DU might have inspired students to apply in large numbers from across the country but they are now skeptical about their future, quotes the ASSOCHAM paper.

Students under FYUP programmes will get an Associate Baccalaureate after 2 years and will get a Baccalaureate after 3 years. After four years, students will be given a Baccalaureate with Honours.

Those who have taken admission in B. Tech courses can be given an option to exit after three years with a B.Sc (honours) degree while those who want to continue for a year will be given a B.Tech degree, adds the paper.

ASSOCHAM Secretary General said, "DU admission is a centralized process and colleges have to synchronize their cut-offs and admissions. Hundreds of students are coming from outside Delhi and the colleges need to have clear guidelines.

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