The center has decided not to run the joint undergraduate and graduate entrance exams this year as students protested who didn’t want such an exam amid the pandemic, according to two education ministry officials.
The Ministry of Education had considered a proposal to switch to the Central University Common Entrance Test (CUCET) for the selection of students instead of admission based on the examination performance of the board.
“The proposal has been examined. We don’t have enough time to take the test. It will be next year, ”said one of the two senior officials.
The new academic session at universities and colleges across the country begins October 1, while the admissions process must be completed by September 30, according to the new University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines.
Students are against CUCET this year because schools could not cover the entire curriculum in a year affected by a pandemic and questions could be asked about the entire curriculum because there was no consistency in the selection of the omitted parts. In addition, the students had stated that they would not have enough time to prepare for CUCET.
Students ran an online campaign and wrote to the Minister of Education, UGC and several universities against CUCET.
Twelve central universities that have run a joint entrance examination for postgraduate courses have yet to decide on their mode this year and will meet shortly to make a decision.
Delhi University will begin the registration process for around 65,000 bachelor’s degree courses at its colleges on August 2nd and is expected to announce the first exclusion list between September 7th and 10th, incumbent Vice Chancellor PC Joshi announced on Saturday.
The university said it will continue its performance-based selection process taking into account exam grades.
However, the university will hold the DU Entry Test (DUET) for candidates seeking admission to MPhil, PhD, and postgraduate courses, as well as some undergraduate programs such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and prosthetics and orthotics. Registration for this begins on July 26th and lasts until August 21st.
Namrata Kalita from Jorhat in Assam, who is seeking admission to a bachelor’s degree in DU, said they were against CUCET for lack of time and information on the exam pattern.
“I am pleased that DU has chosen a performance-oriented selection. We were worried about CUCET this year. We needed time to prepare. There is no time. More than half of the year is over and we are in a state of fear of the admissions process, ”said Kalita.
She said the CBSE’s decision to award Class XII board grades based on performance in the Class X and XI exams and the Class XII board exams was a fair process.
“This rationalization will ensure a fair assessment. The students are admitted to universities of their choice, ”said Kalita.
She said taking a joint test would have given an undue advantage to students who are already preparing for other entrance exams.
“At next year’s CUCET, students should be given enough time to ensure that the competitive conditions are even. We are not against CUCET, but it should be held in an appropriate manner with adequate information to the students in advance, ”Kalita said.
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