Delhi

DU mulls separate list for non-CBSE subjects

To avoid 2% cut in marks of students coming from boards other that CBSE

A recommendation to include ‘academic’ subjects from non-CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) boards in the country in a separate list of subjects, for consideration during admissions to Delhi University, was passed by the standing committee of the Academic Council of Delhi University on May 2.

The proposal suggested that subjects such as anthropology, biochemistry, civics, logic and philosophy and others be included in this list. Rasal Singh, a member of the committee, said that earlier these subjects would fall in the list of vocational subjects even though their syllabus was similar to CBSE subjects but with different names.

2% cut in marks

As a consequence, when included in a student’s ‘best of four’ subjects during admissions, it would invite a 2% cut in their marks, he said.

The move was proposed after the admissions committee ‘mapped’ papers and subjects followed by about 28 State Boards, three national boards and three Sanskrit boards for Class 12 examinations, comparing them for ‘equivalence’ with CBSE subjects.

Giving some examples, Mr. Singh said, biochemistry taught in the Jammu and Kashmir Board will be treated as replacement of biology or biotechnology; a combination of ‘Maths A’ and ‘Maths B’ from the Andhra and Telangana State Boards will be treated as equivalent of CBSE mathematics; and statistics paper of Maharashtra Board to be treated as equivalent of CBSE maths.

At the meeting, proposals of increasing the ward quota for both teaching and non-teaching staff, offering 1% relaxation in cut-off marks for students from rural backgrounds and those from government schools and having entrance examinations in colleges undertaken in both Hindi and in English were forwarded to the academic committee, said Mr. Singh.

The recommendations passed require to be approved by the wider academic committee before being implemented.

However, the Vice-Chancellor may also invoke emergency powers to pass the matter, if required.

DU admissions

Admissions to DU are expected to begin on May 20. However, a formal announcement on the matter has not yet been made.

The date was discussed at the May 2 meeting but the Dean Student Welfare, Rajeev Gupta, had clarified that it was tentative.

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