Delhi University (DU) is likely to begin its admissions process for undergraduate course registration on 15 July. P C Joshi, the university’s acting vice-chancellor, stated this prediction in an interview this week on the near-future plans of DU.
In the last month, officials have stated that Delhi University has put this date forward, hoping that final results from all school boards will be published by then. Nevertheless, due to the cancellations of 12th class examinations by both the CBSE and CISCE boards due to the COVID-19 escalation, these officials have added that a conversation is currently being held between the university’s admissions committee and academic council to finalize the process used to admit undergraduate students. The university assumes that if numerous state boards following CBSE and CISCE in the cancellation of exams, the admissions results might be declared by the end of July 2021.
Rajeev Gupta, Delhi University Chairman of Admissions, has commented on the final mode of UG registrations. “..likely to commence the registration process by 15 July. We anticipate that by that time, most of the boards will not only decide what they are going to do but will also declare their results.” Gupta added shortly after that, “We will follow what the ministry says. We are awaiting their guidelines.” in 2020, the university admissions process was completely digital due to the first wave of COVID-19. DU is likely to follow suit once more in 2021
Delhi University Awaiting Decision Regarding CUCET
In previous years, the university’s colleges have declared grade cut-offs for specific courses. Students also had to meet selective criteria to apply to each respective college. The college is also awaiting a determination to be made by the Education Ministry regarding the Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET).
VC Joshi happens to be an active member of the CUCET committee. The board has recently submitted an evaluative report to the Education Ministry. Hence, a final decision on conducting a singular entrance exam for central universities is still pending. To quote from P C Joshi’s interview with PTI regarding the registration process, “The admissions will be merit-based…Then there is the CUCET exam for which we had already sent a proposal. The ministry has to take a call on whether it has to implement it or not, and it will depend on the assessment of the COVID situation.” he stated.
Joshi has affirmed that there are two possibilities at hand. Firstly, colleges across the country will hold the CUCET as a standard evaluative entrance, as they have for years. Alternatively, the CUCET will be cancelled, leading to universities devising a new method to evaluate prospective students. “The various boards will definitely choose some mature method of evaluation. On the basis of those, we will prepare our merit list accordingly,” he added in the interview. However, according to the vice-chancellor, the chances of the CUCET occurring in 2021 seem slim due to the COVID-19 situation.