Students are worried a lot about the admission test of Delhi University. The tests are scheduled to begin on September 6. The entrance test is conducted by the National testing agency for admission to 10 undergraduate courses and 86 MPhil/Ph.D. program and master programs. Many students are concerned that they will lose an academic year if they miss out on these exams amidst the ragging COVID epidemic.
The exam conducted by National Testing Agency is a computer-based entrance exam and will begin on September 6 and September 11. The admission test of Delhi University will be held in three slots. The exams will start at 8 am at 24 centers all over the country.
For the masters’ courses, a total of 1.47 lakh students while there are 21,699 students who have applied for the MPhil/Ph.D. programs. The undergraduate exam will be held for three courses education, journalism, and a few specialized programs. Mostly, those students who have not scored above 90% in board exams have applied for these courses.
An aspirant for MA Social Work, Siddhant Chohan, said that the very thought of sitting in the exams with a face mask and gloves is taxing.
The students are also worried about accommodations and travel restrictions as many hotels continue to remain shut at many places and the centers are located only in selected cities. In Uttar Pradesh, for example, the centers are located only in Varanasi.
Another worry for the aspirants is the clashing of entrance exam dates. The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is clashing with the admission test of Delhi University for management courses. A student said that he has applied for JAT, CLAT, and a course at IIM-Indore. Many entrance examinations are scheduled for September 7. Now, he is in a quandary as to what exam should he appear for. He wishes that the authorities had coordinated with each other before deciding the schedule.
Concerns were also raised by a few DU students about giving the entrance exam of master courses as their final exam was scheduled for September 1 in the pen-paper mode.
A final year political science student, Dhiren Shah, said that he could not give the online open-book examinations. He does not know if he will be eligible to give the entrance exam for a masters’ course as he will still not have given his undergraduate final year exam. He hopes a circular is issued by the University to provide any clarification on the issue.
The decision of NTA was protested by the students on Twitter, using the hashtag #ProtestAgainstExamsinCovid. A petition was filed in the Supreme Court demanding the postponement of the exam, but the petition was dismissed.
Aishe Ghosh, JNUSU president said that the government has completely disregarded the demands of students though the students had highlighted their grievances.