Due to the postponement of board exams for Class XII, the process of admission to the University of Delhi and other universities is likely to be affected by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announcing the delaying of board exams at least till June, the cycle of postponement of the admission process has begun. Much like the previous year, officials believe that the process will take a few months more than anticipated.
A majority of aspirants in DU are from CBSE-affiliated schools and that’s why our admission process is directly linked with CBSE exams. It’s natural that the admission process will get delayed by a few months again this year.DU Dean of Admissions Pinki Sharma
The University of Delhi is also planning to opt for adopting the Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) along with the marks attained by the students in Class XII. A University official said that the varsity will come up with alternative admission criteria in case of an altogether cancellation of the board exams but for now will wait and watch.
“There will be a ripple effect of the postponement of CBSE exam on our admission process. It happened last year also. We completed our admission process late December. Though we conduct entrance exams for admission to different courses, but an aspirant has to have a minimum percentage of marks in Class 12 to be eligible to write the exam. So, we will wait in the best interest of students,” said Mahesh Verma, vice-chancellor of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University remarking on the effect of postponement of exams.
Meanwhile, as public universities try to find ways to adjust their admission process to the changing global paradigm, private universities have continued on with remotely proctored tests and personal interviews. Shiv Nadar University is one such university that follows this system but requires the candidates to have received minimum passing marks in their board exams and consequently will wait before declaring results. Christ University, Bangalore has started off their three-part UG admission process of proctored tests. Alongside, universities like Symbiosis have already launched their registration form and aim to conduct offline entrance tests in June.
The University has also decided to postpone Class 10 and 12 exams of its own schools. This will definitely delay the admission process by some months.Registrar Nazim Hussain, Jamia Millia Islamia University
Experts in the field however believe that the delay is not likely to affect the process of admission to foreign universities.
Foreign universities are being very supportive in terms of extending deadlines for submitting” final results. Their admissions are based on a holistic process which includes marks of classes 9-12, activities, essays, so they aren’t dependant on class 12 marks alone. In fact, many Canadian universities are giving unconditional letters already so students can start applying for Visa.Sakshi Mittal, founder of career counseling agency University Leap as reported by Hindustan Times.
It will be crucial to see how the entire process pans with the uncertainty around board exams only intensifying.
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