Road to Delhi University Renewed, Through Fate and Design | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: As Covid-19 continued to wreak havoc for the second year, the University of Delhi (DU) campus which remains generally buzzing with students and various activities continued to sport a sorry look. The university, however, tried not to put its vital decisions on hold for too long and decided on its new undergraduate admission format and UG program structure.
From the next academic session, applicants for an undergraduate DU must take a common entrance test. The university‘s statutory bodies, executive and academic councils, have adopted a proposal that will give 100% entry weight while jury scores will be used as a qualification criterion.
The university reassessed its admissions process as it had led to very high cut-off scores for merit-based undergraduate courses over the years. Almost 10 courses scored 100% in many colleges this year, and very few courses have a cut-off below 90% in the first list.
Amid growing concerns about the scoring process at some boards, a DU committee recommended joint entry to provide applicants with a “fair opportunity to sit for a single nationwide general examination and assess their merit.” The committee, chaired by Dean of Examinations DS Rawat, said the exercise “would eliminate existing aberrations such as the distribution of admissions in certain categories above others among applicants from various boards, over-admissions in a particular course. “.
DU will also relaunch the four-year undergraduate program as part of the National Education Policy 2020 from the next semester. Under it, students will have multiple entry and exit points over the four-year period. In the fourth year, they will carry out research work on the basis of which the diplomas will be awarded.
While the draft provisions include a university credit bank and hybrid mode education, several academics have expressed concerns about its implementation.
AK Bhagi, President of the Delhi University Faculty Association, said: “Our first concern is to save the three-year honor program; DU must be able to maintain its flagship programs. Nor should there be any decrease in the teaching workload and under no circumstances should face-to-face teaching be replaced by massive open online courses. He also requested that ad hoc and contract staff be absorbed as permanent employees before adopting a new format.
Concerns are also growing about the worsening digital divide, a consequence of online courses due to the pandemic. While DU allowed final-year students to return to campuses in September for hands-on lessons and access to libraries, attendance remained low at its colleges. The student unions, however, demanded the total reopening of the campuses.
DU’s new vice-chancellor, Yogesh Singh, said the university would “not rush into anything.” He pointed out, “Our situation is different from schools because we have a large number of students from various states. There are a good number of cases of Covid in some states. ”
After ironing out technical issues, DU also continued with online open book (OBE) exams. Officials said mechanisms were in place to prevent students from resorting to unfair means such as copying. “More than 350 students were arrested in June and their homework or an entire semester was canceled,” Rawat said.
However, many teachers still doubt the effectiveness of OBE. Kumar Ashutosh, a teacher in the tourism department at the College of Vocational Studies, said it made students “more relaxed” in their approach to exams. “It will have an effect on their employment prospects. We have received feedback from companies hiring this year that applicants lacked basic knowledge of the field, ”said Ashutosh.

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