The 100% Stuffing at the University of Delhi – The New Indian Express
Express news service
Her admission time and the University of Delhi are in the news again. Like other years, this time too there is a high cut-off rate for admission to UG programs.
From the outset, let it be clear that this noise largely concerns entries in the general category which represent less than 50 percent of the seats in the offer as it also includes candidates from economically weaker sections.
A tinge to the current controversy has been added with a large number of students from the southern states, Kerala in particular, arriving with a very high grade percentage, 100% in many cases, and occupying these premium seats.
There is indeed a difference in curriculum and grading system between public school examination boards and the Central Council for Secondary Education (CBSE).
With this difference, when high school exam merit becomes the sole criterion for admission, some will gain unfairly and others will lose unfairly.
According to his own understanding, a teacher-activist at the University of Delhi called this scenario “Marks Jihad” without really realizing that the crisis is in the hands of the university and not of the Kerala board of directors.
The University of Delhi probably remains the only central university in the country that has yet to pass for admission via an entrance exam.
All of its counterparts in the nation’s capital including Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Jamia Millia Islamia and Guru Govind Singh Indra Prastha University (GGSIPU) follow an entrance examination system.
The only other university in the nation’s capital that meets the merit selection criteria is Ambedkar Public University Delhi (AUD).
However, the AUD does not face the same problem as the DU, as 85 percent of the seats in AUD are reserved for students graduating from schools in the nation’s capital. Thus, a high level of parity is achieved since 85 per cent of students are admitted on the basis of the marks obtained in the examination conducted by the CBSE.
Although the new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Yogesh Singh, in his first interaction with the media feigned ignorance, but in the same vein, he said reforms were underway.
Asked by media representatives about his thoughts on the high cut-off scores for DU admission, Singh said, âI want to understand this first. In DTU, we mainly admitted students on the basis of the JEE. So, first I have to understand this system. But if reforms are needed, the deans and department heads will be the right people to advise me. I can say that we are open to anything.
Professor Yogesh Singh was among the founding faculty members of GGSIPU who take a central entrance exam for courses other than law and engineering. In the case of the other two, performance on the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for later is taken into account by the college counseling system.
An almost similar model is followed at Delhi University of Technology (DTU), where Professor Singh was vice-chancellor before joining Delhi University.
When he says: “we are open to everything”, it is safe to assume that he is looking at the reforms.
Admission through an entrance exam would also help restore sanity to admission into the category of other backward classes, where a large number of students are admitted just to run for Union elections. students from Delhi University (DUSU) then leave. A DU study in this regard was carried out a few years ago.
Having been part of an effective entrance examination system at both Guru Govind Singh Indra Prastha University and Delhi Technological University, Professor Singh has the experience and experience to lead the long-awaited reforms. The sooner the reforms are made, the better it is for the AU.
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