CBSE’s decision likely to affect DU’s admission process

With CBSE’s decision not to conduct remaining board exams, the admission procedure of Delhi University is likely to get hit.

Keeping in view the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday informed Supreme Court that the board will not conduct the remaining exams for classes 10 and 12 which were scheduled to be held from July 1 to July 15.

The board informed that, students of class 12 can however be evaluated on the basis of their previous three internal exams or can give exams once the pandemic subsides. The board is yet to come up with a detailed evaluation plan.

Sobha Bagai, Dean of Admissions (DU) said that the university will hold a meeting with the board and discuss the impact of their policy on merit based UG admissions. “We will have to check how the CBSE is announcing the results this year. The changed criteria won’t affect the entrance-based admissions. But in case of merit-based admissions, we will have to see if CBSE’s plan of evaluation is in parity with other state educational boards. Many state boards have already announced their results. So, if the CBSE is not making major changes, we will go ahead with our existing admission process. However, if there are some major changes in the evaluation process and it becomes difficult to assess it on the same level of other educational boards, then we will have to think and make some adjustments in the admission process as well,” she said.

Over 90% of the students seeking admissions in UG programs in DU are from CBSE affiliated schools.

In case CBSE’s alternative evaluation plan does not align with other/ state boards, DU will likely have to bring changes in its proposed process.

Rama Sharma, principal of Hansraj College, said, “Admissions are already delayed this year due to Covid-19. The university will be able to release cutoffs after the CBSE declares the results of class 12 exams. In case a large number of students opt for exams later as an option given by the board, the admission process can be delayed further. The university cannot wait for that long to start the admissions.”

Delhi University has already opened its admission portal for registration in UG, PG, M.Phil and Ph.D courses. The schedule for cutoff lists are yet to be released. The admission portal will remain open till July 4.

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