The matter will now come up for discussion at a meeting of the executive council scheduled for December 17.
“The Common Entrance Test (CET) for undergraduate admissions will lead to the growth of coaching institutes which will be especially bad for socially and economically disadvantaged students and female students,” said Council member Mithuraj Dhusia.
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Echoing a similar view, council member Alok Pandey said that similar to the engineering and medical entrance exams, students would be coached to prepare for DU so that they would not be distracted from their schooling.
A nine-member panel formed by DU Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Singh recommended that in the debate over the high percentage of scorers, the university should conduct an entrance test through a general entrance test to ensure adequate objectivity in the admission process. Admission to varsity from Kerala board.
The committee, chaired by Dean (Examination) DS Rawat, was to examine the reasons for excess and under-admission in undergraduate courses, study the board-based distribution of admissions in all undergraduate courses, and suggest alternative strategies for optimal admissions at the undergraduate level. Check the OBC admission with reference to the course, and the ‘non-creamy layer’ condition.
The committee said in its report that the committee considered that admission could be done through a Common Entrance Test (CET).
“The University may, through a well-planned internal system, in a suitable mode or by any external body depending on the functional feasibility and administrative facilities existing at that time, and then announce the list of eligible candidates for admission under various courses of study,” it said.
According to sources, after the approval of the meeting of the executive council, the outline of the entrance examination will be made. The council also discussed starting PhD and Masters in Nanomedicine and BTech programs from 2022-23.
Fifteen members disagreed against them.
“MoE and UGC have systematically pressured public funded institutions to borrow from the Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA). We fear that proposals like NMI and B.Tech courses will be an excuse to push DU towards HEFA,” said Ava Dev Habib. , Former executive council member.
“While we welcome the introduction of new courses in principle, we need to make sure that these come as effective sustainable extensions. Starting BTech courses from 2022-23 without grants, recruiting faculty and lab settings are treating students like guinea pigs. This half-baked I have seen enough reform, “Habib added.
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