[lg policy] Delhi University plans on capping language enrolments

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Tue Apr 23 11:20:15 EDT 2019


Delhi University plans on capping language enrolmentsThe standing committee
of the DU’s academic council (AC) has recommended putting a 10% cap on the
number of students a college to study a language as an optional subject
against its sanctioned strength of BA/BCom (programme)
courses.EDUCATION Updated:
Apr 23, 2019 11:50 IST
[image: Fareeha Iftikhar]
Fareeha Iftikhar
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
[image: Delhi University,language enrolments]
Delhi University (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

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The Delhi University (DU) is considering putting a cap on the number of
students, in a college, who can opt for any Modern Indian language (MIL) as
an optional subject at the undergraduate level. The proposed move is
reportedly aimed at ensuring equal distribution of students in these
languages across all colleges.

Colleges across the university offer Modern Indian languages including
Sanskrit, Punjabi, Urdu, Telugu, Bengali and Tamil, as optional subjects to
the students enrolled in BA (programme) and BCom (programme) courses. MILs
are offered as an option in the core courses category under the existing
choice based credit system (CBCS). If opted, it’s compulsory for students
to study MIL as a core course in the first two years of BA/BCom
(programmes).

The standing committee of the DU’s academic council (AC) has recommended
putting a 10% cap on the number of students a college to study a language
as an optional subject against its sanctioned strength of BA/BCom
(programme) courses. “There have been instances when the colleges have
enrolled all students (who opted to study a language) in one language or
two. For instance, in some colleges, the majority of their
BA/BCom(programme) students have opted for Punjabi, Sanskrit or Urdu. But
there should be equal distribution of students in each of these languages
in every college. That’s why we have recommended putting a cap on the
number of students that can be enroled in one MIL,” Rasal Singh, member of
the standing committee, said.

Around 30 colleges across DU, which have separate MIL departments, also
award 4% to 10% relaxation in marks to the students who opt for languages
in BA/BCom (programme) course during admissions. The committee has also
recommended having a “uniform relaxation policy” for all such colleges.

The agenda items passed by the standing committee during its meeting, last
week, stated, “The admission committee felt to re-look over the eligibility
criteria related to MIL recommended having a uniform policy of awarding
advantages to students who wish to pursue languages in higher studies for
all colleges.

Jaswinder Singh, principal, SGTB Khalsa College, said capping the number of
students enrolled in one MIL should only be applicable the colleges
offering more than one such languages. “There are colleges which have
permanent faculty for several MILs but there are no takers for some
languages. Thus, capping can work only in such cases,” he said.

SGTB Khalsa only offers Punjabi among languages, as an optional subject to
the students enrolled in BA (programme) and BCom (programme) courses.
Earlier, the college offered Urdu as well. “Since there were no takers and
the faculty members also retired the college stopped offering it now,”
Singh said.

A member of the standing committee, who did not wish to be named, said,
“This has happened in many colleges, they have stopped offering many
languages eventually. The idea behind fixing the number of enrolments is to
encourage regular admissions in all languages.”

First Published: Apr 23, 2019 11:50 IST

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
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Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
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