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New Mode of DU Admissions to be Decided after Cancellation of Class 12th Board Exams

After the cancellation of the standardized board examination for the batch of 2021, a new model of DU admissions is to be deliberated upon. The University waits for the well-defined objective criteria to be defined by the board. 


Amidst the global pandemic, Class 12th students were waiting for their board exams to be conducted. After the repeated postponement of the examination, yesterday the Government announced that the board exams for this year’s Class 12th students have been cancelled. This decision raised the bar of uncertainty for the students’ admission to the University of Delhi (DU). 

Delhi University had a merit-based admission system for the majority of courses which took in count the Best of Four percentage for the allotment of college to a student. The admissions committee of the University, which would consist of a group of instructors and deans, would be contemplating new university admissions rules. The administrators at Delhi University were waiting for the CBSE to announce its exam decision. DU officials will streamline their admission processes as soon as the board announces the new evaluation model. While announcing the cancellation, the Union Government said the Class 12th results would be compiled as per a “well-defined objective criteria”.

In lines with the Indian Express, Rajeev Gupta, Chairperson-Admissions, said, “Whatever formula CBSE adopts, ultimately, they will declare results. We will declare cut-offs based on it.” Every year, DU conducts undergraduate admissions to most courses through cut-offs which are calculated, to a large extent, on the basis of Class 12th board marks.

DU’s acting Vice-Chancellor P.C. Joshi said that the Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) can be a good method, PTI reported. “There will be some way to judge merit. These are extraordinary circumstances. The Central Universities Common Entrance Test can be a good method as it will be based on pan-India merit. DU will not compromise on merit. We will adjust to the new situation and see what method is to be developed. We will wait and see what are the criterion that the boards come out for evaluation of students,” he told PTI. 

In a separate interview, Joshi added, “This decision has been taken in view of the unprecedented Covid situation. We are with the Government of India. Our admission criteria will strictly be based on merit. We will honour the Board’s criterion.” 

While talking to News18, Balram Pani, Dean of Colleges Delhi University, said, “We were waiting for the final decision of CBSE and on the new evaluation system. We now know exams have been cancelled, and with information on evaluation expected soon, the admission committee will hold a meeting this week deliberating on the admission process.” He also added, “Soon, a committee meeting on finalizing the modalities for admission in DU.”

According to The Indian Express, Hindu College Principal Anju Srivastava said circumstances are “so difficult” that “any option other than merit” is not feasible. “This decision to not have exams was because it was not possible to make students sit under one roof or in one place. So examination-based admissions will be a challenge. The most plausible option should be merit and we will honour that decision,” she said. 

Ramjas College Principal Manoj Khanna, however, said given the difference in standards of internal assessment, entrance exams should be considered for DU admissions. “If marks are determined on the basis of internal assessment, that is not a universal criterion across the country. So definitely we have to find some method – it could be some sort of an entrance exam – to evaluate students. Otherwise, it is next to impossible to conduct admissions,” he said.

On the problem of holding tests for class 12th pupils, there have been numerous meetings and reviews, with the pupils themselves. There were also online petitions demanding the scrapping of the class 12 exams. Nearly 98 percent of the applicants to Delhi University are CBSE students. Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that the decision has been taken in the interest of students. The CISCE also decided to cancel the Class 12 board examinations this year.

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Abhivyakti Mishra 

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