The National Testing Agency (NTA) is going to conduct entrance exams for DU admissions 2019. The University of Delhi (DU) is planning to rope-in the National Testing Agency (NTA) to conduct the entrance exams for admission into various courses offered by DU. The varsity has already approved the proposal and has sent it to the NTA. The proposal for DU’s entrance exam has not been discussed in the academic council (AC) meeting yet. The rules regarding the exams will be discussed in the next meeting of AC soon.
The director general, NTA, Vineet Joshi said to the media, “we have already received the proposal and have given a nod by they (DU) has to decide the way the rules of conducting the exam and we will reach a conclusion thereafter.”
Regard the proposal, Delhi University admissions chairperson, Rajeev Gupta said, “There is a proposal to ask NTA to conduct the DU entrance exams. The exam will only be for the courses for which entrance is already a mandate and no new courses are being brought under the ambit. The pattern and syllabus for the exam are also to remain the same.”
While admissions to most of the courses in the DU are merit-based, there are some courses for which entrance exams are conducted. The varsity was considering taking the entrance exam in online mode since last 3 academic year admission now but there have been many rifts within the varsity regarding the idea. Hans Raj, professor, member of academic council and former member of admissions committee said, “The proposal to take entrance exam online has been there within the varsity since long but if this is accepted then it might prove to be unfavorable for students hailing from rural areas or with lesser privileged backgrounds as they are likely to face issues attempting exams online.”
The demand for the same has caught fire again after the NTA has been appointed by the JNU to conduct the entrance examinations for admission in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The JNU entrance going online and objective-type based had received criticism from the JNU students union. The JNU students Union (JNUSU) has opposed the MCQ-based exam claiming, “The time-tested method of conducting JNU entrance exam assessing the different aspects of a student’s potential for learning and research has been replaced without any academic reasoning.”
Following Jawaharlal Nehru University’s path, the University of Delhi has also decided to give some advantage to the candidates who come from government schools and those who have done their schooling in villages. Currently, the DU conducts entrance examination for admission to courses like BBA, BFA, B.Com (honours), Journalism programs, Elementary education Music, Physical health education and sports, Humanities and social science, B.Tech in informatics and mathematics vocational.