Delhi University has decided to increase its un dergraduate intake for the firs time in eight years. With the ex ception of certificate, postgra duate, engineering and nur sing programmes, a total o 2,330 seats will be added acros various courses and colleges.

This will mean an increas in seats for popular course like Bachelor of Business Stu dies, history and English. A new course in forensic scienc will be launched at SGTB Khal sa College.

In the executive council me eting on Tuesday , the academi council’s standing committee constituted by the vice-chan cellor, scrutinized proposals of colleges and report(s) of in spection committees for assig ning new courses to the colle ges institutions. The 14-mem ber committee recommended 35 courses “subject to the con dition that the college must ap point full time faculty and th infrastructure available to run the course effectively“.

While the number of seats for BSc (Hons) mathematics in DU colleges can now be increa sed by 322 seats in the next admission cycle which is 2016-17, the second highest gainer is BSc (Hons) computer science and BA (Hons) history with 23du0 seats each. Other popular subjects for which there will be more intake are physics, English and Geography and BBS with 138 seats each and chemistry with 128 seats.

A new course, BSc (Hons) forensic science, will be introduced in SGTB Khalsa College.Moreover, Kamala Nehru College will become the first college to offer BA (Hons) in French.So far, the course was being offered at the department level.Statistics, zoology , botany, psychology , applied psychology , English journalism and philosophy , will be offered in new colleges.

“This increase means increased workload and more faculty positions. During OBC expansion, funds were provided for that. While Delhi government funded colleges may find it easy to increase the intake, those run by trusts will have to approach University Grants Commission for funding. Besides, the increase in seats will first have to be sanctioned by UGC,“ a senior official said.

Source: TOI 16th Oct’2015