Students who want to study English (Honours) at Lady Shri Ram College may have to give the Combined Aptitude Test for English (CATE) after all.
Two weeks after announcing that it would not be a part of the test because of a packed calendar and unavailability of teachers, the college has done a flip-flop and now wants to admit students on the basis of the test again."We have had a very good experience with CATE. But we had to pull out because some of our teachers were on leave. They have returned now," said Mitali Mishra, head of the English department at LSR.
“Moreover, the department has brought down the number of participating teachers from each college. We are more comfortably placed now. But officially, we are not yet back in the CATE club,” she said. However, an announcement on the issue can be expected next week.
“LSR has showed an inclination to rejoin but we are waiting for a written communication from them. I don’t think it should be difficult for them to make a comeback,” said Sumanyu Satpathy, head of the English Department, DU.
If LSR rejoins, the number of CATE colleges will go up to 21. Last year, 17 colleges had opted for CATE. Kirori Mal College is among the four new colleges to become a part of the centralised test this year.
About the question paper, Satpathy said that there may be a slight change in the format of the question paper this year. Last year, the paper had two sections—one with multiple-choice questions and the other had subjective questions.
Over 800 students will be admitted to the course across the CATE colleges. “Around 6,000 applications are expected to come in this year for the 800 seats,” Satpathy said.
The centralised exam was first conducted in 2009 across 12 colleges of the university.