The members of Academic Council wrote to the Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University of Delhi (DU), strongly opposing the recent changes made in the eligibility criteria and demanded restoration of the earlier criteria on urgent basis.
In light of the recent changes made in qualifying criteria for admissions to DU, the Executive Council (EC) and Academic Council (AC) members have written a letter to the VC protesting these “arbitrary” changes. The changes include making Maths compulsory in the best of four subject calculation for B.A (Honours) Economics, having varied percentage scores in English for different subjects, etc. Along with these changes, the percentage of marks required in qualifying subjects has also been increased for various courses.
AC members Seema Das, Sudhanshu and Pradeep Kumar, along with EC members, JL Gupta, and Rajesh Jha wrote in the letter that these changes could adversely affect admissions of the reserved category students. They also claimed that as per the University’s regulations, such policy changes must be taken in the AC itself. As the students have been caught unaware, they must be given sufficient time to adapt themselves to these changes.
The letter elucidates the difference between eligibility criteria of academic year 2018-19 and 2019-20. Whereas, in the previous year passing Mathematics or Business Mathematics was a mandatory requirement for B.Com (Honours), this year the requirement will be scoring 50% or more marks in the aforementioned subjects. Similarly, where an aggregate of 40% marks in qualifying exams was required for admission in B.Com, now an aggregate of 60% with new conditions will be required.
The members appealed to the VC, Yogesh Tyagi that the earlier criteria be restored for this academic session on an urgent basis and changes be made after following the due process.
We tried contacting former member of the EC, Abha Dev Habib and the former Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) President, Nandita Narain, but they were unavailable for comments.
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