The process of admission to Delhi University (DU) and its colleges is likely to be delayed. This due to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic that is raging across the country, officials involved in the admission process have reported.
Officials say that DU will wait until major education boards have completed their Class 12 exams. They state that only after Class 12 exams will the admission process begin. In this context, it is noteworthy that the Maharashtra government had already postponed the Class 10 and Class 12 exams. This decision was put to implementation last Monday. This has also been followed by the CBSE cancelling Class 10 exams. They are also pushing back the dates of the Class 12 exams. Further, many states are asking for postponement or cancellation of the exams. The delay in the conduct of exams leads to a delay in the admission process of DU. This might result in a delayed and shorter academic calendar.
With regard to this, the chairperson of the admission panel, Mr Rajeev Gupta says that “DU is the biggest central university in the country and students from all over the country apply here. The university is keeping a close eye on how different state boards and national education boards are planning to conduct Class 12 exams. In some states, such as Maharashtra, the state education board has postponed Class 12 board exams. We cannot exclude students from Maharashtra by deciding early admission dates. So, it is sure that the process will get delayed like last year.”
Until last year, the registration process begins in June and the first list of cut-offs release in October. The academic session, which usually starts in July at DU, begun only in November. Speaking about the development, the acting Vice-Chancellor PC Joshi the admission timeline is dependent on when both state and national education boards conduct their Class 12 exams. “We have to take care of all the boards. There is still uncertainty about the CBSE exams. So, again it’s likely that the admission process will get delayed…,” he said.
There were reports that DU would adopt Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) marks for admission from this year. Under this system, both Class 12 and CUCET marks are under consideration for admission to undergraduate courses. Mr Joshi is a member of a committee constituted by the Union Ministry of Education to recommend modalities for CUCET. He says that the university is ready to implement admission based on CUCET marks. However, it is still waiting for the Centre to notify CUCET. “We are ready to implement CUCET from this year. The university has decided to give 50-50 weightage to both CUCET and Class 12 scores,” he said. DU might also skip the trials of sports and extra-curricular activities for 5% supernumerary seats.
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