Admission to Delhi University (DU) colleges from the next academic year could be solely based on Common University Entrance Test (CUET) scores if a proposal in this regard is cleared by the varsity's decision-making bodies.
The university's academic council will meet on March 22 to discuss changes in the admission process in view of the varsity adopting the entrance test system.
On March 17, the Standing Committee of the Academic Council recommended that admissions to the varsity be solely based on CUET scores.
With the implementation of CUET and based on decisions taken in the meeting, DU will be doing away with the earlier system of admission based on cut-offs and Class XII board results.
The minimum marks required in the Class XII board exams to take CUET, will be the passing marks.
The DU's academic council will meet to discuss changes in the admission criterion since the varsity has decided to opt for CUET from the 2022-23 academic year.
On March 25, the executive council, being the highest decision-making body of the varsity, will take up the decisions made in the academic council meeting.
According to the minutes of the meeting on March 17, the members had said it will not be feasible to include any other criterion based on marks obtained in board examinations.
The minutes stated that the members felt that the eligibility criteria must be inclusive to invite many candidates from across the country.
“The minimum criteria should be rephrased as the candidates must have passed the Class XII or equivalent examination from a single recognised board,” read the minutes of the meeting.
The members have suggested that candidates must appear in CUET in only those subjects in which they have cleared Class XII. In case the subject studied in Class XII are not mentioned in CUET, members proposed that candidates must appear in the subject that is similar or closely related to the subject they have studied in Class 12.
"Merit will be calculated on the basis of combination of subjects in which a candidate has appeared in CUET as mentioned in the programme-specific eligibility,” the minutes read.
The standing committee was also of the view that admission to all supernumerary seats, excluding foreign students, be done through CUET.
It has been proposed that for admission to courses under the faculty of music and fine arts, and BSc in physical education and sports, combined CUET score and performance-based test, with 50 per cent weightage to both, will be given.
Admission to minority colleges like St Stephen's and Jesus and Mary, will also be done through CUET.
These colleges released separate cut-offs and candidates willing to get admitted had to fill out two forms, a college-specific form and the university common form.
The committee also recommended that the National Testing Agency (NTA) may be requested to add Geology, Environmental Studies, languages in section-II (domain-specific subjects) of CUET. If these subjects get included, an appropriate modification will be made in the programme-specific eligibility.
According to the tentative structure of CUET, there will be three sections:
- Section-I: Questions on reading comprehension, verbal ability, synonyms and antonyms. Candidates can opt for one out of 13 languages for this section.
- Section-II: Subject-specific, 27 subjects have been listed so far under it.
- Section-III: Two sub-sections, general tests for vocational and open eligibility programmes.
For postgraduate and PhD programmes for the academic session 2022-2023, certain relaxations might be considered in the eligibility condition in the light of the new National Education Policy (NEP), with due approval from statutory bodies.
It was decided that in the postgraduate registration form, additional fields should be made to capture data related to CGPA, GPA and percentage.
DU was informed that the Office of the Lieutenant Governor has in principle approved the merger of the College of Art (COA) with the city-government run Ambedkar University, subject to its de-affiliation from DU.
"The standing committee recommended that admission to College of Art may be taken up by the university, in case it is not de-affiliated with the University of Delhi," the minutes read. DU has not yet approved the de-affiliation.