Delhi University has requested National Testing Agency to conduct tests for its entrance-based undergraduate, masters, MPhil and PhD programmes for the 2019-20 academic season. According to an NTA source, the agency has already asked DU to send its terms and conditions for the tests and other details.
After Jawaharlal Nehru University, DU will be the second central university to go for NTA’s computer-based admission tests.
In the DU standing committee meeting on May 2, it was recommended that a “premier, specialist, autonomous and self sustained testing organisation like NTA, which has been established to conduct entrance exams for admissions/fellowship in higher educational institutions, should be approached to conduct the entrance test for admissions 2019-20”.
DU conducts entrance for nine of its UG courses — BA (H) journalism; BBE (business economics); BBA (business administration); BFIA (financial and investment analysis); elementary education; music; humanities and social science; physical, health education and sports; and BTech in information technology and mathematical innovation.
DU has been planning to shift all tests online for the past three years but had faced resistance from students and teachers over its viability. Its decision of outsourcing the exams to a private firm had also faced flak from different quarters. However, with NTA being a government agency and after the smooth conduct of the JNU entrance, the DU move is unlikely to face much opposition.
Rasal Singh, member of the standing committee on admissions, said, “NTA is the most dependable and efficient government agency for conducting such exams. It will enhance the credibility and efficiency of DU entrance exams.” The proposal has been sent to the admission committee, a higher and larger body, and its chair for approval.