Will DU incorporate entrance examination in admission process?

New Delhi: Delhi University will adjust its admission process to the extraordinary situation without compromising on merit, acting vice-chancellor P C Joshi said after the Class 12 board examinations were cancelled on Tuesday and added that the Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) can be a good method.

After the CBSE and the CISCE announced cancelling Class 12 board examinations in view of the coronavirus pandemic, Joshi said discussions will be held with the admission committee and the academic council of the university to finalise the process of admission to undergraduate courses.

Nearly 98 per cent of the applicants to Delhi University are CBSE students.

"There will be some way to judge merit. These are extraordinary circumstances. The Central Universities Common Entrance Test can be a good method as it will be based on pan-India merit. DU will not compromise on the merit. We will adjust to the new situation and see what method is to be developed. We will wait and see what are the criterion that the boards come out for evaluation of students," he told PTI.

Joshi is a member of the CUCET committee, which had submitted its report to the Education Ministry. A decision on conducting a common entrance test for all central universities is pending.

Professor Rajeev Gupta, Chairperson-Admissions of DU, said, "The University of Delhi fully supports the decision taken by the Government of India to cancel the forthcoming CBSE board examinations in view of COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The University of Delhi also feels that the health and safety of our students is of utmost importance. The University of Delhi looks forward to the decision of the CBSE regarding the declaration of the results."

“Whatever formula CBSE adopts, ultimately, they will declare results. We will declare cut-offs based on it,” Gupta told the Indian Express adding that the possibility of conducting an entrance exam was less at the moment.

Professor Sanjeev Singh, Joint Director of Delhi University's Computer Centre (DUCC), said the university is likely to admit students on the basis of CUCET, once the Education Ministry issues guidelines.

"We are all set. As soon as we received the guidelines, we will be ready," he said.

In normal circumstances, DU conducts entrance tests for admissions to nine undergraduate courses. The tests are conducted by the National testing Agency (NTA).

The government on Tuesday decided to cancel the CBSE Class 12 board exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic across the country with Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserting that the decision has been taken in the interest of students and the anxiety among the students, parents and teachers must be put to an end.

The CISCE also decided to cancel Class 12 board examinations this year in view of the COVID-19 situation, according to its secretary Gerry Arathoon.  

(With PTI inputs.)

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