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DU wants common test but colleges unhappy

More than 21 colleges in DU hold separate entrance tests for students who want to get admission in English (Honours).

india Updated: Jun 10, 2006 11:13 IST

From next year, English (Honours) hopefuls would not have to hop from one college to another to give the entrance tests. Delhi University plans to start a common entrance test for English for all colleges.

More than 21 colleges in DU hold separate entrance tests for students who want to get admission in English (Honours). The logic behind this is the board result in English is not indicative of a student’s aptitude or capability to take up the course at undergraduate honours level.

“The entrance tests these colleges conduct are similar in nature. That is why we want to hold a common entrance test,” said a senior DU official. “Entrance for professional and applied courses like Journalism (Honours) should be held but a common test should suffice for English. Appearing for so many tests in this heat is a torture for students,” he said.

DU had tried to start the common entrance test from this year itself but faced vehement protests from colleges. It, however, managed to streamline the entrance exams so there are no clashes between date and time. “There is no clash of entrance exams this year,” said S.K. Vij, Dean, Students’ Welfare.

“We want to hold common entrance test but for that all the colleges have to agree to it first,” he said. According to a senior DU official, the university cannot force colleges to agree for the common entrance test as DU follows a federal structure and the colleges enjoy autonomy to a large extent.