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DU Suggests Including CUCET Grades in the Admission Procedure

Delhi University (DU) recently suggested including a combination of CUCET with XII Board results as the new grounded admission process, with the inclusion of aptitude tests and specialised common exams for the respective UG course admissions.

Recently in a proposal to the University Grants Commission, the University of Delhi (DU) stated that it wants to conduct its respective admission process grounded on a combination of Class 12 Board exam results alongside the results of the Central Common Entrance Test (CUCET) that is projected to begin this year.

Previously, DU colleges had portrayed a high benchmark of cut-off in the previous admission sessions, which indeed invited much controversy over access to education. In December 2020, the Centre had set up a seven-member committee to recommend the recompenses for a high-quality aptitude test regarding the admissions to the undergraduate programmes of central universities for the 2021-22 academic session.

Earlier, several news agencies had reported that the computer-based common entrance exam to be conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) would be mandatory for admission to all central universities. 

Union Ministry of Education stated that aspirants would have to appear for the aptitude test which would comprise of verbal and quantitative ability and logical reasoning, followed by subject-specific tests.

The higher education secretary, Amit Khare itemized to the media that this respective decision has been made to offer a high-quality common aptitude test as well as specialised common subject exams in the fields of science, liberal arts, languages, humanities and vocational cities.

Many students were concerned about its impact on DU’s admissions, which are largely merit-based. This decision is, till now, subjected to scrutiny from the student masses primarily because they believe it would discard their Board merit scores. Student masses deem the inclusion of CUCET in the DU admission process as an unnecessary act. 

However, DU’s acting Vice-Chancellor P.C. Joshi, who is also a member of the MoE committee, stated to The Times of India that students could rest assured that their Class XII marks would count, and there would be no compromise on merit.

Joshi also added, “CUCET will be finalised soon and Delhi University will adopt it.”

Sobha Bagai, DU’s Dean of Admissions for 2020-21, stated that the CUCET would certainly benefit students the university.

The entrance exam will ease admissions. Earlier, we did not know how to differentiate among students who had scored very high marks in Class XII. CUCET will help in this, like in our undergraduate courses that require admission tests.

Sobha Bagai, DU’s Dean of Admissions for 2020-21

For now, the decision regarding the enclosure of the CUCET examination has not been finalized. However, Delhi University is all set to adopt it whenever it is finalized.

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