Roll back new admission criteria: Request to University of Delhi

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Thousands of students from across the country aspire to study at University of Delhi (DU). DU offers multiple merit and entrance based courses, including B.Com (Honours) and B.A. (Honours) Economics. The eligibility criteria for both these courses for the last 3 years (verified against the actual bulletins - refer note 1 below) included that “Applicants must have passed in Mathematics in the qualifying examination”.

What has changed now?
This year there has been a change as follows:
B.Com (Hons.): 50% or more marks in Mathematics/Business Mathematics
B.A. (Hons) Economics: Mathematics has to be included in the best of 4 calculation

Bulletin can be referred here

Why this petition?
This update in the admission process is welcome as Mathematics as a subject, helps students later in their undergraduate course. Also, it is understandable that University of Delhi has the sole discretion in setting up criteria for admission.
But the timing of the introduction doesn’t seem fair to the student community for the following reasons:

  • Students choose and study their subjects in the school. The decision to include such criteria must have been made before. Not every student in the commerce and humanities stream is good at Mathematics, but still those students who aim for admission in University of Delhi, choose it so that they become eligible for admissions. If the announcement of such criteria was made earlier, they would have managed their studies accordingly.
  • Other University / College applications have either closed or are near last date deadline. This gives very less time to students to pursue their desired course at such university. With futures at stake, we solemnly request the institution to pay heed to our request.
  • India is a young country with demographic dividend. It is highly important that aspirations of Youth should be nurtured for its positive development story. Such one-sided decisions have a negative impact on young lives.

Hence, I request University of Delhi to roll-back this additional eligibility requirement for B.Com (Hons.) and new cut-off combination for B.A. Hons (Economics) and postpone the criterion to next year(s) with due notification, if at all required. 

Note 1: I was unable to find the bulletins of the year 2015-16 or before, hence have included the bulletins of only three years for observation. Given, paucity of time only reasonable search was made.