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DU’s Decision to Make Math Compulsory for B.Com Draws Criticism

The Delhi University recently announced that starting this academic season, math would be a mandatory subject for admission in its B.Com programs. However, the move did not go down well with many students and their parents who are of the view that it was unfair and untimely on the university’s part to introduce this new rule so hastily.

Those opposing the move argue that there should be at least a two-year window before implementing on any such move as it affects the future of the students more than anything else.  A number of students along with their parents and teachers have written separate letters to the HRD minister, DU Vice Chancellor and the CBSE chairman urging them to intervene on the issue.

DU had announced last month that math would be counted as a compulsory qualifying subject for all B.Com aspirants as well as those who want to pursue Economics (Hons). This essentially meant that any student who did not opt for and passed the Mathematics paper in their class XII board exam would not be eligible to apply for these programs.

Meanwhile, for B.Com pass course, if any student did not study math in their class XII or do not include the marks obtained in the subject in their best four percentage, they would be subject to a penalty of 2.5 per cent.The university also clarified that Informatics Practices (IP) would not be counted as an elective subject, drawing a 2.5 per cent penalty for the students.

In her letter to the CBSE chairman and DU VC, Deepika Singh, Principal, Air Force School, Subroto Park, wrote:”Any change in the admission procedure/rule at DU should be done with a minimum of 2 years notice enabling students to choose subjects in class XI itself to make optimal use of admission rules.”

“Students of class XII, who will take the board exam in 2016, are extremely perturbed too, as they have already spent their time studying this subject, and cannot take another ‘academic elective’ at this stage,” the letter added.

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