In the recent meeting of standing committee for admissions held yesterday, Delhi University has decided to scrap the idea of conducting online entrance exams for its Masters, M.Phil and PhD courses. Earlier the standing committee had given approval for the same on 19th May. There was a large opposition from student groups led by Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Delhi University Student’s Union (DUSU) against online entrance claiming that this could disadvantage students from rural backgrounds.
The university decided to carry on with the offline exam this year because of the unfeasibility of conducting entrance in both online and offline modes. “Logistics involved in conducting both kind of examinations were not feasible. Several stakeholders were consulted and it was found that it needed a large exercise,” a member of Standing Committee for Admissions told PTI.
“Diverting the same resources for two examinations would not only involve more cost but also manpower. Also time is very short,” the member said.
Next year the plan would start little earlier than usual and the feasibility of the same will be tested. However some members of the committee felt that this move would need a nod from the academic council of the University.
The entrance would be held in offline modes in six centres across the country. They would be held in Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi, Guwahati and Nagpur while in South India, the centre would either be in Bangalore or Chennai.
However, online entrance would be held for the nine under graduate course on a pilot basis this year across eighteen centres. Entrance for all entrance based courses are going to begin from 31st May onwards.
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