DU may devise a tiebreaker formula for CBCS graduates for admission to PG courses
DU says the formula will be used to calculate marks of undergraduate students, who will pass out as the first batch under the choice-based credit system (CBCS). The university also refuted reports that there were plans to remove 50% reservation for internal students in post-graduate admissionsdelhi Updated: Feb 16, 2018 22:04 IST
The Delhi University is contemplating a tie-breaker formula that to calculate the marks of undergraduate students, who will pass out as the first batch under the choice-based credit system (CBCS) and may apply for the postgraduate programmes.
However, the DU administration has refuted media reports that there were plans to remove 50% reservation for its students in postgraduate admissions this year.
The CBCS marking system does not take individual performances into account and grades are awarded on the basis of the average score of the class.
A member said that the admission committee is in a fix over how to calculate the merit of DU graduates who will apply. “Because CBCS marks are not absolute numbers but grades, there is a possibility of tie. We discussed about tie-breaking policy which could include grades in the core paper and Class 12 marks. But all of this is in still under discussion. We are yet to finalise our recommendations,” the member said.
Rajesh Tandon, convener of admission committee formulating new admission guidelines for this year, denied any plans to change the existing policy that reserves 50% seats in postgraduate courses for students graduating from DU.
“The committee is still discussing possible changes in the admission process but nothing is finalised yet,” Tandon said.
But at least three of the 10-member committee confirmed that a suggestion to do away with the policy was made but was not discussed in detail because most members were opposed to it.
As of now, 50% seats are filled through entrance test and admission on the rest is done on merit by students who graduated from the university.
The committee also discussed the possibility of conducting an online entrance exam for all postgraduate courses.
“It was during a discussion on conducting online entrance test that some members suggested to do away with 50% quota for DU students and admit everyone based on entrance test. But there was no further discussion on this,” a member said.
The next admission committee meeting is likely to take place on February 21.
First Published: Feb 16, 2018 22:04 IST