DU planning for online entrance exams for UG Admission from 2019 – As per the report published by various news media, Delhi University (DU) is planning to introduce online entrance exams for UG courses from next session onwards.
As per the report, the DU Official said that the modalities would be worked out after the admissions committee is constituted. “Currently, suggestions are being sought on the members to be appointed to the Admissions Committee.
“The proposal to have online entrance examinations was made by the Department of Commerce. Some members said the online mode would be difficult for students from far-flung areas who are not well-versed with computers,” said an official.
The official said it was decided that there would be an offline as well as an online entrance exam to the varsity.
It was decided that candidates meeting the minimum eligibility criteria would have to go through a screening test and those who score more than 50 per cent would be shortlisted.
“This was done because there are many education boards across India and each board has different difficult levels and different marking system. The entrance test was thought as a way to ensure that all students can be on par and get a shot at getting through the DU,” said the official
The Delhi University is also mulling over whether the entrance exam can be outsourced to the National Testing Agency.
“It is yet to be decided whether it can be done. The varsity will bring out a notification and subsequently the process will begin after the admissions committee members are finalized,” he added.
A former member of the Admission Committee of the varsity said the time is quite less for working out the modules of online entrance examinations as “the office of the Dean, Students’ Welfare has got new members this year in place of members who had been there for close to 10 years. They should at least be given time to understand the process of admission for a year,” he added.
However, some faculty members have supported the move saying it will help those students who do not meet the cut-offs to realize their dream of studying in the varsity. Currently, the varsity holds entrance examinations for nine undergraduate professional courses and for postgraduate courses.
A teachers’ group Academics For Action and Development (AAD) condemned the decision of the varsity to hold entrance exams and called it part of the larger design of “privatisation”.
“It is a conspiracy to deprive students from the SC/ST/OBC, rural and underprivileged segments of societies who are not in a position for various reasons to perform well at these examinations. Multiplicity of entrance exams will increase stress levels of students, who are already overburdened,” said AAD’s chairman Aditya Narayan Mishra.