CUET: St Stephen’s College defies DU, UGC standards; worried teachers

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UGC President Mr. Jagadesh Kumar has said that CUET scores, not Class 12 scores, will be compulsory for admission to 45 Central Universities.

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St. Stephen’s College has challenged Delhi University on the Common University Entrance Test (CUET). Teachers and students fear this could lead to a legal battle that could jeopardize students’ careers.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) recently wrote to the Vice Chancellors of all universities and central colleges to use CUET scores to admit students into undergraduate programs.

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UGC President Mr. Jagadesh Kumar has said that CUET scores, not Class 12 scores, will be compulsory for admission to 45 Central Universities. Central universities can set their minimum eligibility criteria.

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But St. Stephen’s College took a different position.

What does the college say?

The college principal, in an Undergraduate Admissions Notice 2022-23, said the institution “reserves the right to conduct admissions in accordance with its own admissions policy guaranteed to it as an institution minority and in accordance with previous practice”.

He also said that all applicants seeking admission to St. Stephen’s College should apply through the college’s soon-to-be-launched UG Admissions website. All applicants must also be registered with CUET at https://cuet.samarth.ac.in.

According to the institution, “College admissions will be based on 85% of CUET score and 15% of interview score for all applicant categories.” The college said it would decide how many applicants in all categories to shortlist based on the CUET score, and then called the college for an interview.

The college reserves 50% of its places for general applicants and the rest for Christian students.

Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Singh had recently said that for general seats, the college should only consider CUET scores, while for minority seats it can arrange interviews and assign weighting 85% to CUET scores and the rest to interviews.

“We don’t want a confrontation and we will get through this. We are not challenging their legal authority but will discuss things with them and find a solution,” Singh said. PTI.

Teachers worried

According to a teacher at St. Stephen’s College, the principal informed them that DU had not sent any written notification to the college.

“During a staff council meeting, the director informed us that the university had not sent any written notification to the college. The teachers have also been in the dark about what will happen. Suddenly we see on the website that the college will be conducting interviews for all students,” a senior faculty member said. India time.

Another faculty member told the newspaper: “It is difficult to challenge the university because there is a fear that if the university does not recognize this admission, the students’ diploma will be jeopardized. They have to solve this.

In Tamil Nadu, the State Assembly passed a resolution urging the Center to withdraw CUET. TN Chief Minister MK Stalin proposed the resolution, urging the central government to withdraw the entrance test.

“There is no doubt that this CUET, like NEET, will sideline the diverse school education system across the country, seriously undermine the relevance of development-oriented holistic learning in schools, and force students to rely on coaching centers to improve their entrance examination. scores,” the resolution said.

In a strongly worded letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Stalin attacked the Center for introducing CUET, calling it a “regressive” and “undesirable” movement.

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