The DU Academic Board approves admission to undergraduate courses based solely on the CUET score

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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 would be compulsory for admission to undergraduate courses in the Central 45 universities and not Class 12 scores.

However, universities have the option of having minimum grade eligibility criteria for admission.

Some members of the DU Academic Council issued a dissenting note saying that 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 additional expense for parents and students towards tutoring and, therefore, marginalize those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds,’ the dissenting memo reads.

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 program 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. By granting admission through CUET, it will mean complete disregard for laboratory 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 class 12 group have been forced to study online and may already be struggling to cope with the 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.

”The cuts are decided so as to have wished for over-admission to ensure that seats do not empty out at any cost within a few months of admissions closing. This helps institutions to give a chance to more students who would otherwise miss out on admission even if seats become vacant soon after and to retain teachers because teacher employment is based on sanctioned or actual strength – depending the lowest value. It is important to discuss 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 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 based on the combination of subjects in which an applicant appeared in CUET, as mentioned in the program-specific eligibility,” according to approved guidelines.

The approved rules also state that admission to minority colleges like St Stephen’s and Jesus and Mary will also be through CUET.

During counseling, 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 Open Learning Faculty which include five bachelor’s courses, three diploma courses and two master’s courses in online mode. The CA, however, rejected the proposal 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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