Students queue up as Delhi University opens doors for its first meta course

Delhi University on Wednesday opened the admission process for its first meta-college course B Tech in Humanities to an overwhelming response from students.

Following a written test and an interview, students will be admitted to this four-year course at the university's Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC).

Spread over eight semesters, students will have to prepare innovation projects every semester. Classes for the first and the last semester will be held at CIC, but students can opt for courses in various colleges for the other semesters. A student can pursue a maximum of two semesters in one college.

University officials said they were overwhelmed by the response from students seeking admission in the meta-college course. "We have received close to 100 applications in just two days," CIC programme co-ordinator Professor Madan Chaturvedi said on Thursday.

"I have taken admission in BA Programme in Lakshmibai College, but I am not keen on continuing it. I am more interested in accounts and economics. Though this meta-college course does not have the option of specialising in these subjects, I can still opt for them in some semesters," Devyani Gandhi, a first-year student who came for the entrance test, said.

The students can choose from journalism, education, counselling, historical tourism and art and design to do their specialisation. Once they make their choice, mentors will help them select the appropriate papers. Classes would begin mid-August, officials said.

Though any regular student can apply for the course, the university has decided to hold counselling sessions to help the applicants make up their mind.

"If a second-year student wants to pursue the course, he or she could lose a year. If a student is still keen on pursuing the course, he can go ahead and take admission, provided he clears the test and interview. However, we want them to make an informed choice. That is why we have set up a separate counselling desk to deal with such queries," Chaturvedi said.

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