‘No entry test for 2019-20 admissions to Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University’: A day later the University of Delhi (DU) management declared to conduct the admission exam for the entry to varsity, Prakash Javadekar who is the Union Minister of Human Resource Development, said today that the admissions will be accompanied on the basis of class 12th boards’ examination marks.
For 2019-20 there will be no entrance test in DU
The university collects more than 2.7 lakh applications every year for its scholar courses for about 56,000 seats. Presently, DU performs online entrance examination only for some of the courses while popular or majority courses are grounded on marks perceived in Class 12 board examinations.
This change was greeted by many academicians stating that students with fewer marks also get a chance to get admission in Delhi University through entrance examination. Earlier also, the entrance exam step was not greeted by the DU teachers association.
Cut-Offs To Stay, No Entrance Exam For Admission To Delhi University: Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar
Claiming that the idea was a move in the direction of denationalisation and contract of the varsity, teachers’ group, Academics for Action and Development, called it a “conspiracy to deprive students from SC/ST/OBC, rural and underprivileged segments of society who are not in a position… to perform well in these examinations”.
Rajib Ray who is the president of Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) told in an interview, “DU is a central university and there are procedures to be followed. Neither vice-chancellor nor HRD can decide in isolation about the entrance criteria. Procedurally, an ordinance needs to be proposed to the academic council and the decision will be taken thereafter. ”
He also believed that certain branches of the university might want the entrance exam while some might want to go with the cut-off grades as the selection standards. Affirming, that a number of state boards have been supposed of confounding of marks. Rajib Ray further added, “DU admission process should not differentiate between any student irrespective of state or board the students belongs to.”
Previously, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) had also stated that they will be taking an online entrance examination for admission to the varsity. However, JNU has unconfined on its official website that the National Testing Agency (NTA) will be leading and directing the examination.
Prakash Javadekar while speaking to reporters at NTA, Noida headquarters said that till now nothing is final yet and the NTA and JNU are quiet in discussions concerning the same.
On Thursday, M.K. Pandit, chairperson of the Admission Committee of Delhi University said, “Currently, there is no such proposal for the 2019 admission season. Yes, in the long run, we will have to move to conducting entrance examinations and the university will have to work out how to conduct an examination on such a large-scale”