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Admissions in DU through CU-CET from this year: Vice chancellor Yogesh Singh

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Admissions in DU through CU-CET from this year: Vice chancellor Yogesh Singh
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Admissions in DU through CU-CET from this year: Vice chancellor Yogesh Singh
Admissions in DU through CU-CET from this year: Vice chancellor Yogesh Singh

NEW DELHI: Delhi University has opted for CU-CET (Central Universities Common Entrance Test) as the mode of entrance exam for undergraduate admissions for academic session 2022-23. This was revealed to TOI by vice-chancellor Yogesh Singh on Saturday. The education ministry and National Testing Agency (NTA) are responsible for conducting the exams.
This puts an end to speculation that the university may opt for its own entrance exams. A notification issued by the university on December 20, 2021, had said, “The executive council of the University of Delhi at its meeting held on 17th December 2021 resolved that the admissions for the Academic Session 2022-2023 onwards in all undergraduate courses…shall be made through Central University Common Entrance Test (CUCET) or Delhi University Common Entrance Test (DUCET).”
“We are working on the project. We will soon be forming a committee to look into the whole process and coordinate with the ministry and NTA,” said Singh.
“Since the initial announcement, nothing much has happened on that front. The university is, perhaps, waiting for some directive or clarity from the ministry. With Covid cases going up again, just wondering how the ministry will do it,” said a university official. According to the normal schedule, the admission process for the UG courses begins in April-May. It got delayed in the last two sessions because of Covid and the admission process took place in September-October.
The university opted for entrance exams to counter the high cut-offs and the disproportionate number of admissions of students from some boards. The university had constituted a committee to study the admission patterns and it found that students from Kerala were dominating seats in popular colleges.
Twelve central universities – none from Delhi – are part of CU-CET now. The exams have so far been held for 64 undergraduate and integrated courses run by these universities. There are multiple-choice based questions (MCQ) for BSc and BA courses. So far, no exams for commerce have been held but B.Com(H) and B.Com Programme are popular courses in DU.
The question paper for BSc has two parts – Part A is English, general knowledge and numerical ability with 25 marks allotted while Part B is subject-specific, such as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology, with another 25 marks. For BA/Diploma, essentially the humanities courses, its English, numerical aptitude/data interpretation, analytical skills, reasoning, general aptitude and general knowledge of 100 marks. After the entrance exams, each university releases its own merit list and conducts counselling.
Teachers are divided over the decision to conduct exams. The critics feel it will promote the coaching culture which will ultimately deprive the students coming from the poorer sections of society.

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