DU Admissions 2020: Students enrolling in BA-Philosophy will not face marks deduction – Times of India


Until 2019, students enrolling in the undergraduate course in Philosophy at the University of Delhi (DU) had to face marks deduction of 2.5% in best of four, which left them with a bitter aftertaste. This year has good news to offer to those aspiring to study BA (Honours) in Philosophy as DU has finally dropped the rule wherein the students who had not studied Philosophy in class XII will have to lose marks.

Dr Balaganapathi Devarakonda, head, Department of Philosophy, DU, had taken up this initiative on the request of the Philosophy faculty across colleges in 2019. The appeal was considered by the DU authorities and the rule has been dropped from this academic session. “I am glad that the university responded positively to our request and students will not face lessening of 2.5% from this academic session,” Devarakonda tells Education Times. Unfortunately, Philosophy as a discipline in schools is rare in India. Only 4-5 schools in the North-East and Odisha have this subject in class XII.

“It was irrational for aspiring students to lose marks for seeking admission in Philosophy for no fault of theirs. Most schools have Physical Education, Fine Arts, Psychology and Economics as optional subjects in class XII but Philosophy is missing,” says Geetesh Nirban, assistant professor of Philosophy at Kamala Nehru College. While Political Science, Sociology, Economics and Psychology continue to be the top choices for most aspirants, Philosophy was the second option largely because of the marks deduction rule. The department expects more students to opt for it with the cut-off for Philosophy ranging between 88-95% for the general category students in various colleges, this year. Since most students do not study Philosophy at the school level, the faculty deals with blank slates in the first year. “The first semester is usually dedicated to introducing the basics of Philosophy to the students,” says Geetesh.

Underlining the need to introduce Philosophy in schools, Geetesh says, youngsters living in a disruptive world must learn about philosophical thoughts associated with mind, values, knowledge and existence. “Most pass-outs excel in competitive exams as Reasoning, which is one of the prominent subjects in this programme, helps in cracking it. Youngsters perceive Philosophy as a brooding stream, but the fact is that it consists of interesting topics such as Political Philosophy, Aesthetics, Ethics, Logic, Reasoning and more that adds value to several aspects of life,” adds Geetesh.





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