The Delhi University's Executive Council on Friday approved the policy for admission through the Central University Common Entrance Test (CUCET). Students seeking admission in undergraduate or postgraduate courses will now have to clear the common entrance test. The university, known for its extremely high cut-off score for admission, will now give 50 per cent weightage to the entrance test score. The entrance test would be conducted by the National Testing Agency.
DU VC Yogesh Singh had already expressed willingness to implement the provisions of the Common Entrance Test under the new education policy. The policy was first approved by the University's academic council and then the executive council. However, two Executive Council members Ashok Agarwal and Seema Das opposed the implementation of CUCET in the current format. Agarwal claimed that the policy has many flaws, and poor children will have to suffer the most. There must be a discussion on it before implementation, he said.
"The new provision will further increase the cutthroat competition for admission in the university. Simultaneously, coaching centres will also emerge, which are accessible only to the affluent students," Agarwal asserted.
DU will now hold its own separate 'Central University Entrance Exam Test' for admissions. Until the current academic session, the merit list was prepared based on marks obtained in class 12 boards exams.