Academic Council of Delhi University Approves Admission to Undergraduate Courses Only on the Basis of CUET Score


DU paved the way for admission to UG courses solely on the basis of CUET score


The Academic Board of Delhi University on Tuesday cleared the way for admission to undergraduate courses only on the basis of Common University Entrance Test (CUET) score of the 2022-23 academic session. Delhi University had previously announced that it would abolish the admission cut-off system. UGC President M Jagadesh Kumar said on Monday that CUET will be compulsory for admission to undergraduate courses in the Central 45 universities and not Class 12 scores. have minimum grades eligibility criteria for admission.

Some members of DU’s Academic Council issued a dissenting note saying admission through CUET will make the playing field “even more uneven.” The members also said the desirability and feasibility of CUET remains unknown. As the DU enrolls more than 70,000 students, the admissions procedure should not be changed in a rush, they said. “Such a filter will result in an additional expense for parents and students towards coaching and, therefore, will marginalize those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds,” reads the dissenting note. The minimum class 12 board exam scores to pass CUET will be the passing scores. The Standing Committee of the Academic Council, at its meeting on March 17, had recommended that admission to the university be based solely on CUET scores. The recommendations were approved at the Board meeting on Tuesday. According to the dissenting members, admission to undergraduate courses through an entrance test will result in a complete erosion of classes 11 and 12.

“A central examination and its curriculum will erase the importance of local initiatives and the importance of formative assessment. A complete disregard for the continued performance of students in their most important year of study will be disastrous. In granting admission via CUET, it will mean a complete disregard for the lab-work associated with the disciplines,” they said in the memo. They also expressed concern that many students could end up with the same score after CUET. “By imposing a new system from 2022-23, we ignore the fact that the current batch of class 12 have been forced to study online and may already be struggling to cope with stress. This change is too sudden and too huge for them,” they said. In the note, they also said the new system would reduce the autonomy of institutions to respond to the realities on the ground.

Citing the example of science courses, they said the dropout rate sometimes reaches 30% in a year when students switch to technical courses or decide to re-prepare for them. “Thresholds are decided in a manner that has wished for over-admission to ensure that seats do not empty out at any cost within a few months of the admissions close. This helps institutions give a chance to more students who would otherwise would miss admission even as seats become vacant soon after and retain teachers because teacher employment is on the basis of sanctioned or actual enrollment – ​​whichever is lower. whether the new system will provide such flexibility to institutions,” they said. According to DU-approved guidelines, an applicant should appear in CUET only in subjects in which they have passed Class 12.

In the event that the subject studied in class 12 is not mentioned in the CUET, candidates will have to appear in the subject similar or closely related to the subject they studied in class 12. “Merit will be calculated on the basis of a combination of subjects in which an applicant has appeared in CUET as mentioned in the specific program eligibility,” according to the approved guidelines. The approved rules also state that admission to minority colleges like St Stephen’s and Jesus and Mary will also be done via CUET.During the council, separate merit lists will be generated for non-reserved and minority candidates in accordance with the reservation policy of these colleges.The Academic Council also approved the start of 10 new courses by the Faculty of open learning which include five bachelor’s degree courses, three diploma courses and two master’s courses in online mode. The CA, however, rejected the pr opposition to start various PhD programs in online mode, saying it would not be feasible.

The Board also approved the recommendations of the Standing Committee to begin admission to the College of Art (CoA). The University of Delhi has been informed that the Lieutenant Governor’s office has in principle approved the merger of the College of Art (CoA), subject to its disaffiliation from the university. The DU has not yet approved the disaffiliation.

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