Delhi University (DU) acting vice-chancellor P C Joshi on June 2 said that the university would adjust its admission process to the extraordinary situation without compromising merit.
Though the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examinations were cancelled, the Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) can be effective, he said. About 98 per cent of the applicants to DU are reportedly CBSE students.
Discussions will be conducted with the admission committee and the university’s academic council to finalise the admission process to undergraduate programs, the acting VC said.
“There has to be some way to judge merit,” Joshi told PTI. “These are extraordinary circumstances. The CUCET can be a good method as it will be on pan-India merit basis.”
“DU will not compromise on the merit,” he further added. “We will adapt to the new situation and see what method is to be developed. We will wait for the criterion that the boards come out for evaluation of pupils.”
P C Joshi is a member of the CUCET committee that had submitted its report to the Education Ministry. A decision on commencing a common entrance test for all central universities is, however, pending.
Professor Rajeev Gupta, Chairperson-Admissions of DU, however, pointed out: “DU administration also feels that the health and safety of our students are of utmost importance.
Hence the university looks forward to the decision of the CBSE regarding the declaration of the results.”
“The University of Delhi is likely to admit students based on CUCET when the Education Ministry issues guidelines,” clarified Professor Sanjeev Singh, Joint Director of Computer Centre at DU (DUCC).
In usual circumstances, DU holds entrance tests for admissions to nine UG courses. The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts the tests.