With zero student opting for the Sindhi language as a subject in DU undergraduate courses this year, the only University of Delhi College offering the Sindhi language subject is struggling to sustain the department. Administrative officers at Delhi University’s Deshbandhu College said that the DU’s decision not to release any additional cutoff this year has left the department in such a situation.
Out of Delhi University’s 63 colleges, only Deshbandhu College offers the Sindhi language as a subject to B.A. (prog) students. Administrative officials at Deshbandhu College said that the only sanctioned teacher position for the language has been lying barren for the past two years. While the DU college managed to admit five students in the course in 2019, no student opted for it in the year 2020 even when the admission process lasted till 31st December.
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No Concession for Opting Modern Indian Language
Admission convenor for B.A. (prog) courses at Delhi University’s Deshbandhu College, Chotu Ram Meena said that we have been managing to secure a few admissions in the Sindhi language every year by giving some concessions in the overall cutoffs. However, the University of Delhi last year instructed the college not to make any concession for any modern Indian language as a subject. Therefore, the college could not get any admission this year in the Sindhi language.
Delhi University colleges offers concession in cutoffs if a candidate opts for any modern Indian language as a subject while taking admission in the B.A./B.Com (prog). However, in the year 2020, the University of Delhi did not allow its colleges to give any additional relaxation during the admission process.
Shobha Bagai, the Dean of Admissions Delhi University said that the DU admission committee had decided that colleges will not be allowed to have any additional criteria for admission in order to avert any confusion among the children as the process for admission was shifted online.
Rajiv Agarwal, the Principal of Deshbandhu College said that the college identified two first-year students enrolled in B.A. (prog) who belong to Sindhi families and the college is counseling them to opt for Sindhi language as a subject. He added that only a few students from B.A. (prog) opt for Sindhi Language as a subject in their B.A. (prog) course due to which it has become difficult for the college to retain the Sindhi department. He asserted that the college had been seeking permission from the DU to permit students to offer the Sindhi language to students enrolled in courses other than B.A. (prog) as well. But the Deshbandhu College has received no response from the University yet.