OPINION DIVIDED OVER DU’S CUCET

With Delhi University opting for Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CU-CET), academicians remain divided over its implementation. While most agree that the preliminary issue of soaring cutoff marks for merit-based admissions will be tackled, they add that the new mode will come with its own set of restrictions.

DU vice-chancellor Yogesh Singh told TOI that the varsity would be going ahead with CU-CET, which would be conducted by National Testing Agency.

Many argued that switching between courses during admissions which was a common practice, might prove to be difficult under the new mode.
Stating that every system had its own pros and cons, Sanjay Batra, professor at Sri Venkateswara College, said, “While students will get an equal platform to prove themselves, the entrances will have their own restrictions. Under the merit-based system, students can shift from one subject to another, whereas entrances are supposed to be subject-specific. It’s a huge question that needs to be addressed.”

Gyantosh Jha, principal of ARSD College, however, said entrances would end the trend of over-admissions in specific courses and colleges. “Several times, admissions under the merit-based system are irregular. CU-CET can end that uncertainty. The demand for each subject will be different and I’m sure some mode of counselling will be devised. This will provide an opportunity to students who have low scores in the board exams,” he added.
Considering a large number of courses and colleges, lack of clarity on the exact structure and counselling process has left many hoping for clearer guidelines.
The former executive council member added, “If a large number of students are scoring 100%, then it’s for the policymakers to take care of such generalised marking. This one-size-fits-all approach will be counterproductive.