The Academic Council of Delhi University on Friday passed a proposal to hold a common entrance test (CET) for undergraduate admissions to the university.

A proposal to hold a common entrance test (CET) for undergraduate admissions to Delhi University has been passed by the Academic Council of Delhi.

This proposal was based after Delhi University dealt with the problem of “over” and “under” intake in admissions due to the cut-off system.

Academic council member Naveen Gaur, who was among the dissenting members, said the proposal has been passed despite the reservations by multiple members. He said the entrance will restrict the choices of students, who often switch streams after school.

“The modalities of the entrance have not been decided. We don’t know how will it be conducted or what will be the weightage, but an entrance-based approach will be adopted,” said Gaur.

Another dissenter Mithuraaj Dhusiya said the entrance test will be disadvantageous to students from marginalized backgrounds. “Common Entrance Test (CET) for undergraduate admissions will lead to mushrooming of coaching institutes that will be particularly bad for socially and economically disadvantaged students and girls,” he said.

Besides the common test, the council also paved the way for the introduction of three B Tech courses from the next academic session. At least 18 elected council members recorded their dissent on the proposal.

Dissenting members said the technical courses will require special labs and therefore, high investment and sustained grants. “These courses should be offered only after the university receives grants for the same and hiring of teaching and non-teaching staff for the unit starts,” said dissenting members.

During the zero hours, members raised several demands. The elected teacher representatives from the Democratic Teachers Front (DTF) asked the university administration to intervene in the issue pertaining to the delayed release of funds for 12 DU colleges that are fully funded by the Delhi government.

“DU must ensure that funds are urgently and regularly released to these 12 colleges so that staff gets salaries and their bills including medical expenses are reimbursed,” said a statement signed by Rajesh Kumar, Biswajit Mohanty, and Mithuraaj Dhusiya.

The representatives also sought absorption of ad hoc teachers along with other benefits such as maternity and paternity leave for ad hoc employees.

The council also passed the proposal for the creation of the Institute of NanoMedicine (INM) under the Center of Excellence. At least 15 AC members recorded their dissent on the proposal. Members said that the standing committee that deliberated on the proposal raised multiple reservations which have been overlooked.


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