No thresholds, eliminating Class 12, CUET now sufficient to secure DU admissions

Starting from the 2022-23 academic year, students will only need to pass Class 12 and CUET to be eligible for admissions into the University of Delhi (DU).

The proposal to consider passing Common University Entrance Test (CUET) scores for admissions, not cut-offs as previously, was passed by the university’s executive board at its meeting on Friday. .

The university has also accepted the proposal to establish the Delhi School of Analytics (DSA) under the eminence institutes.

The DSA will offer short and long-term certificate courses, diploma and degree programs that will enhance students’ business analytical skills.

A proposal to borrow money from the Higher Education Finance Agency (HEFA) was also accepted by the council despite disagreement from some members.

The DU will submit a proposal of Rs 1,075.40 crore to HEFA for infrastructure development and capital creation.

Under the HEFA funding model, the university will have to repay the loan in 20 semester installments over 10 years.

The dissenting members feared that the HEFA proposal would shift the state-funded university from a grant-based funding model to a loan-based funding model and drive the university into a debt trap.

They strongly opposed the “dangerous move towards privatization and the steep rise in student tuition fees” and said taking out a loan was “unacceptable”.

In a further development, members of the Executive Council raised the issue of the College Of Art not beginning its admissions process, following which it was decided that a letter be sent to its Director requesting an explanation.

The DU was informed that the Lieutenant Governor’s office had in principle approved the merger of the College Of Art with Ambedkar University, subject to its disaffiliation from the DU.

The university, however, did not approve the disaffiliation because its executive council, the highest decision-making body, opposed the decision.

The proposal to create an Institute of Nanomedical Sciences (INMS) was also approved by the executive council.

During the meeting, some members of the Executive Council requested that a single regulation for the absorption of all ad hoc/temporary UD teachers be introduced and they requested that a committee be formed to give effect to this.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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