Journalism course in University of Delhi (DU), which had a few takers due to high cut-offs is now seeing a steady stream of admission seekers. The first cut-off was set at 98.5% in Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC) that kept the aspirants at bay.
The situation has improved drastically after the third and fourth cut-off lists were released and more students have been admitted to the course offered in seven colleges in the University including Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Kamala Nehru College, Kalindi College, Maharaja Agrasen College, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Bharati College and Institute Of Home Economics.
BA (Hons) Journalism is one of the 10 most popular programmes offered in DU with a large number of students seeking admission to the course.
Despite having one of the highest applicants-to-seats ratio, with a total of 1,12,233 applicants therefore 367 applicants per seat, seats in this specific course were barely filling up with only a little above a third of seats filled after admissions against the second cut-off list. It was quite astonishing for students and teachers to realise that only 122 of 306 BA (Hons) Journalism seats were filled after the second cut-off list.
DCAC saw only three students getting enrolled in the course after the first cut-off, against the 34 seats available. According to Tarjeet Sabharwal, assistant professor, DCAC, “Till the second cut-off, we received very low admissions in the course due to the extremely high cut-offs set by the college. Students were unable to meet the high cut-offs, but after the cut-off dropped to 96%, we have filled almost 50% of the seats.”
The cut-offs were set high to avoid over-filling of seats, which was decided by the university to prevent overcrowded classrooms. “This will ensure all students get equal attention from the professors,” says Sabharwal.
Mukti Sanyal, principal of Bharati College said, “Initially, most seats did not fill for the journalism course due to high cut-offs, but after reducing the cut-off to 87% in the fourth cut-off list, we have received an overwhelming response from students with 86 confirmed admissions. This exceeds the 50 seats available for the course.”
High cut-offs are not the only reason for less enrolment as the underlying problem is that BA(Hons) Journalism is a backup course for several students.
“Several students took admission in Journalism after the third and fourth cut-off lists, only because they did not get the subject of their choice,” said SK Rinten, assistant professor, journalism department at Maharaja Agrasen College.