Delhi University was established in 1922 and by an amendment of Delhi University Act in 1943, Women students were enabled to take some of the examination of the University with special coaching but without attending regular classes. This gave shape to the Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB), which is now well established.
Only women students residing in the National capital Territory of Delhi can enroll themselves as students of the Board. NCWEB is a unique system with lectures on weekends leaving students with five working days to follow their dream. In this neo–age of 100% cut-offs class room crunch, gender discrimination NCWEB is a welcome arrangement and a most satisfactory way to attain a degree from University of Delhi.
The Board began functioning in September, 1944 with 3 students. At present, the enrolment is more than 12,000. Till 1971, classes for the Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses were held at the Arts Faculty Complex. However, due to the steep increase in number of students, space became a serious problem and several Centres had to be opened in various ’s colleges in different parts of Delhi. Undergraduate classes are held at Bharati College, Janki Devi Memorial College, Jesus & Mary College, Kalindi College, Lakshmi Bai College, Mata Sundri College, Maitreyi College, PGDAV College, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, Hansraj College,Maharaja Agrasen College and Vivekananda College.
Post-graduate classes at present are held at the Tutorial Building, Arts Faculty, University of Delhi, North Campus.
The Board is able to accommodate only 20% of the applicants and the admission is done on the basis of merit by declaring cut-offs.
The Board enables thousands of young women, who cannot join regular college for various reasons to attend classes during Saturdays/Sundays, academic breaks to obtain Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degree from the renowned University of Delhi. However, Non-Collegiate students are not allowed to pursue any other full-time course.
Since there is class-room teaching, no written material is given. Students are expected to attend classes regularly as the minimum 66% attendance has been made mandatory to appear in for University Examinations, which are held alongwith the students of regular colleges. Students are also expected to see the Notice Board for various information displayed from time to time. No individual information is sent by post.
The Board provides library facility to all under graduate students in the respective Teaching Centres and a Post-Graduate Library is located in the Arts Faculty Building North Campus.
The Board gives financial aid and book loan facility for the academic year to the needy and deserving students.
The classes are held either on Saturdays or on Sundays and academic breaks of Delhi University. There are 50 teaching days in a year.
At the Under-graduate centres, classes are held from 9.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. There are 8 periods in a day.
Teachers of the University of Delhi and affiliated Colleges are deputed as guest faculty to teach the Non-Collegiate students. The pass percentage of these students is as good as regular students.
A major advantage of the Non-Collegiate programme of teaching is its low cost and utilisation of the existing infrastructure of educational institutions during Saturdays/Sundays and academic breaks.