NEW DELHI: Delhi University becoming part of Central University Common Entrance Test (CUCET) at the last moment will be unfair for students as it would reduce their options to change streams and won’t give them enough preparation time, a group of Class XII students has argued in an email sent to teachers and DU officials over the past few days.
One of these students, who comes from a village about 100km from Jhansi in Madhya Pradesh, told TOI, “I dropped out last year as I wanted to figure out what I am actually interested in. Now I want to pursue physics (H). I had really studied hard and scored above 96%. Now suddenly how are we to prepare for the entrance? Isn’t a central university meant for those who cannot afford?”
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The students have come together on Telegram and decided to send a request to DU before it takes a decision. The Union education ministry will take a decision on CUCET next week.
In the over 1,000-word email, they have elaborated on different aspects and argued on why CUCET should not be adopted this year. “Syllabus, pattern, date, duration and mode for the exam were not announced earlier. It will be tough for the students to compete in a pan-India exam without adequate preparation… Though there were rumours about CUCET, nothing was officially declared,” they wrote.
CUCET was conducted for universities with subject-specific exams, while universities like DU “has courses which are open for students who had not studied the subject before… Such group of students will face problems in competing in the entrance exams where there is a subject-specific test”, they added.
A student told TOI, “The best part about DU is that BA courses are open to all irrespective of the stream one has studied. The science course like maths and statistics are also open to arts and commerce students. But CUCET so far requires students to study physics-chemistry-mathematics/biology if they are to appear for the test. If DU adopts the same eligibility criteria, it would simply restrict students from joining these courses.”
Adopting CUCET will also mean only those with access to online paid courses can go on with preparation, they argued. “Suddenly announcing the exam would leave students with no resources to prepare, particularly during the pandemic,” the email added.
Source From : Times Of India