[lg policy] DU lifts language barrier for aspirants

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Sat May 25 10:24:52 EDT 2019

DU lifts language barrier for aspirants
Saturday, 25 May 2019 | GAYATHRI MANI | NEW DELHI
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In a major decision aimed at helping the students particularly for the
candidate with regional languages in getting admissions into colleges of
Delhi University (DU), the varsity administrations has decided to allow
students with regional languages as optional/elective subjects can
calculate best of four percentage. It would help them in further
integration with the colleges of DU.

The language are included in List A- Assamese, Gujarati, Maithili, Oriya,
Tamil, Malayalam, Telegu, Bodo, Kannada, Manipuri, Dogri, Kashmiri  and
Sindhi. These subjects can now be used as both elective and core subjects.
The Standing Committee of the DU has approved the languages and created a
separate List this year as List A and B. The List- A is for the languages
while List- B is for the elective subjects.

Also, this was one of the long standing demands of the regional states and
students to give equal weightage and include the listed languages in this
category. “The varsity administration and the standing committee has
decided and approved more than 10 recognised regional languages such as
Tamil, Telugu, Manipuri, Malayalam, Dogri, Maithili to name a few as a
listed languages which be awarded equal marks and considered as elective
subject while calculating the best of four subjects:, said a DU official.

To meet the percentage and get admission to a particular course and honors,
till now, the student had to calculate the percentage by selecting best of
four subjects. For instance, a student applying for any BA/B Com Honors or
programme course (English,Hindi or commerce), have to choose three main
subject and one elective language to calculate the marks in which the
students can only use English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu,
Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian and Persian.  Besides, with no option,
students included any other language from the listed language, 2.5 marks
were deducted in the overall percentage because of which many students
failed to meet the cut off percentage.

“This was one of biggest demand of the students and this matter had always
risen in the committee. By approving and including these languages in the
list of elective subjects, the varsity has done justice to the students
especially coming from the regional states. These are the mother tongue
(languages) of many students coming from Manipur, Tamil Nadu ,Kerala,
Kashmir and other state who score good percentage in the subject. But till
last year the high percentage and marks went wasted and many students
literally complained and felt bad for not including these languages,” said
Ramananda Singh, Former member of Academic Council, DU. The draft policy
for the admissions 2019-20 is also finalized and drafted and is expected to
be out by the beginning of next week.

Further, as per the draft policy, a copy of which is with The Pioneer,
while calculating the best of marks, the students can use the language as
both elective and core but the in the mark sheet it should be written core
and electives should along with particular language.

How marks will be calculated

For example if the student is applying English honors, an aggregate of 55%
marks or more in English and combination of three best other subjects from
among the following: any language subjects (core/elective) from List-A,
Economics, Geography, History, Legal Studies, Mathematics, Philosophy,
Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.”

If s/he inclusion of any other subject from List B in the combination of
best three will lead to a deduction of 1% per subject on the aggregate,
with a maximum net deduction of 2%.


 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
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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