Admission to the colleges of Delhi University from the following academic year can be based solely on the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) scores if a proposal is approved in this regard by the decision-making bodies of the varsity.
The university’s academic council will meet on Tuesday to discuss changes in the college admissions process in view of the varsity the admissions testing system applies.
With the implementation of CUET and based on the decisions made at the meeting, the University of Delhi (DU) will abolish the previous admission system it used to announce closures based on Class 12 board results.
In addition, the minimum exam marks of class 12 to take CUET will be the pass. The Academic Council of the DU will meet on March 22 to discuss the changes in the eligibility criterion as the varsity has decided to choose CUET from academic year 2022-23.
The decisions made in the academic council meeting are likely to be made in the university’s board of directors, which is scheduled for March 25. The executive council is the highest decision-making body of the university.
The Standing Committee of the Academic Council, in its March 17 meeting, had recommended that admission to the varsity be based solely on CUET scores.
According to the minutes of the meeting, the members said it will not be feasible to include another criterion based on marks obtained in board examinations.
The minutes stated that members believed the eligibility criterion should be inclusive to invite a large number of candidates from across the country.
“Minimum criteria should be reformulated as candidates must have passed the Class XII exam or its equivalent from a single recognized board,” read the minutes of the meeting. The members have suggested that candidates should only appear in CUET in those subjects in which they have passed Class 12.
In the event that the subject studied in Class 12 is not mentioned in CUET, the members propose that candidates should appear in the subject which is similar or closely related to the subject studied in Class 12. Merit will be calculated based on a combination of subjects in which a candidate has appeared in CUET as stated in the program specific eligibility, read the minutes.
The standing committee was also of the opinion that admission to all redundant seats, with the exception of foreign students, should be done through CUET. It suggested that for admission to courses under the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts, and B.Sc in Physical Education and Sports, a combined CUET score and achievement test, with a weight of 50 percent for both.
It was also decided that admission to minority schools such as St. Stephen’s and Jesus and Mary would also be through CUET. During centralized counseling, separate merit lists will be generated for unreserved and minority candidates as per the reservation policies for these colleges.
Under the cut-off system, these colleges released separate cut-offs, and candidates seeking admission to these colleges were required to complete two forms: a college-specific form and the university general form.
However, members have decided to recommend that admission to the School of Open Learning (SOL) and the Non-Collegiate Women Education Board (NCWEB) will be according to past practice.
Cut-offs are released for the NCWEB, while for SOL, different subjects have separate eligibility criteria and different grade requirements. The committee also recommended that the National Testing Agency (NTA) be requested to add geology, environmental studies and languages to Section II (domain-specific topics) of CUET.
If these topics are included, the necessary changes will be made to the programme-specific eligibility. According to the preliminary structure of CUET, there will be three sections. Section-I will have questions about reading comprehension, verbal ability, synonyms and antonyms. Candidates can choose one of 13 languages for this section. Section II will be subject specific and so far 27 topics have been listed under it. Section III will have two subsections: general vocational training tests and open eligibility programmes.
Meanwhile, the members have proposed to grant admission into postgraduate and Ph.D programs for the 2022-2023 academic session through the Delhi University Entrance Test (DUET), which will be conducted by the NTA according to past practice.
However, they are likely to file certain eligibility relaxations in light of the new National Education Policy (NEP), with appropriate regulatory approval.
It was decided that additional fields should be created in the postgraduate registration form to record data related to CGPA, GPA and percentage. The issue of admission to the College of Art, which has not been covered by the University of Delhi for the last few academic sessions, was raised in the standing committee meeting.
The University of Delhi has been informed that the Lieutenant Governor’s office has approved in principle the merger of the College of Art (COA) with the city-administered Ambedkar University, subject to the de-affiliation of DU.
“The standing committee has recommended that admission to the College of Art can be taken over by the university, in case it is not dissociated from Delhi University,” the minutes read. DU has not yet approved the de-affiliation.