Recognise CBSE-offered computer courses for admission: UGC

New Delhi: The UGC has asked universities to recognise the CBSE-offered computer programmes from the upcoming session, which comes as a relief to students facing troubles taking admissions to undergraduate programmes for having studied Informatics Practices in Class XII.

“CBSE offers three computer-based courses to students of class XI and XII-Computer Science, Informatics Practices and Multimedia and Web Technology. These subjects are offered under academic stream and have curriculum specifications that are compatible with major subjects in science having theory and practical components,” UGC said in a letter to Vice Chancellors.

“It is important that important consideration may be accorded while admitting the students to undergraduate courses. You are requested to take appropriate action for recognition of these subjects for the purpose of admission of students to degree programmes,” it added.

The communication by the University Grants Commission (UGC) comes after a request from the CBSE saying necessary instructions be issued to varsities in this regard so that students willing to take admission in various progarmmes do not face difficulties in pursuing higher studies.

The concern has been raised by students and parents in previous years when Delhi University announced to deduct 2.5 per cent from the aggregate marks of those aspirants who had opted for Informatics Practices. However, during the last cut-off issued in 2014 it had revoked the criteria following a request by then CBSE Chairman Vineet Joshi who had termed the guideline as “unfair” and “discriminatory”.

The same criteria was in place for admissions at DU this year.