Delhi University to conduct Entrance Test in UG courses from 2013

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Delhi University has decided to introduce four-year degree courses from the coming academic session 2013-2014. According to sources, university authorities are seriously mulling to bring some major changes in the admission process of the university. The DU administration is also working on various options which include starting new entrance exams for various undergraduate courses.

According to Vice Chancellor of Delhi University, Dinesh Singh , the four-year degree system will be a new system and there will be some changes in the admission process as well. A great number of options would be considered including the entrance exams. Things are not yet finalized, but we have learnt that some of the central universities are also planning a common entrance exam. So we will weigh all options and decide if we need to have our own exams or join others.

Apart from this, university authorities have also constituted a high power committee of 16 principals of various colleges affiliated with it along with members of university council. It is led by the principal of Dyal Singh College (evening) Deepak Malhotra. The committee has recommended several changes in the admission process for undergraduate course including entrance exam. Committee members are of the views that entrance will enable more students to apply for admissions, as compared to the present system which is based on aggregate marks of best four subjects from Class XII Board exam.

Some other reputed universities in Delhi like Jamia Millia Islamia, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, or National Law University give admission to students through entrance test. In Delhi University also admission for the post graduate programmes are done on the basis of entrance exam and interview.

The committee has also recommended the university to conduct entrance test and at the time of preparing final merit list, they can divide the percentage of weightage to Class XII marks and entrance exam scores. A member of the committee said, “For example 60% or 70% weightage can be given to the entrance score and the rest to the Class XII marks. This is for the university to decide.”