The University of Delhi (DU) is set to implement entrance based admissions for UG Courses in 2019.
The Delhi University Admission Committee has announced that plans to introduce entrance exam-based admissions for all it’s undergraduate courses. The results of these centralised entrance exams, along with a fixed weightage of class 12th Board Examination results, will determine the admission criteria. The first shortlisting of eligible candidates will be based on the entrance exam score. Thereafter, weightage will be given to best-of-four aggregate in Class 12th. The final list will take into account both the entrance results and the 12th Board Exams results.
The Admission Committee is an independent panel that has education experts, college principals and faculty as members. After conducting research studies, and observing the remarks of many high school students, DU originally decided to conduct entrance examination in 2017. This was done in order to compensate for the prevailing biasness of the Senior Secondary Education system. Huge discrepancies had been found in the 12th Board Exam marks of students from different boards. This can be attributed to the amount of syllabus, low difficulty level of question papers, and marking patterns. The committee also sought to increase fairness and transparency by keeping the minimum eligibility criteria lower and avoid spikes in cut-offs.
However, these plans have been shot down in the past by students and faculty members. In 2017, student groups pointed out that aspirants from remote areas would be at a disadvantage in computer based exams due to short notice. The plan couldn’t materialise in 2018 since the admission committee and the University Advisory Committee couldn’t reach a consensus.
The University already conducts entrance examinations for a select few, including as the DU JAT (Delhi University Joint Admission Test) for B.B.A. (Bachelor of Business Administration) among 8 other Exams for UG and PG courses. According to DU vice-chancellor Yogesh Tyagi, the university is still considering whether the entrance exam can be outsourced to the National Testing Agency (NTA). The NTA is responsible for conducting National Exams such as JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) and NET (National Eligibility Test). The committee has also added that outsourcing the test to a private agency has its problems. Therefore no further information regarding 2019 Admissions has been provided.
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