NEW DELHI: With the Delhi University’s entrance test for admission to 10 undergraduate and 86 masters and MPhil/PhD programmes scheduled to begin on September 6, students are a worried lot. Many of them have raised concerns that amidst the raging Covid epidemic, if they miss out on these exams, they might lose an academic year.
The computer-based entrance exams, which are conducted by National Testing Agency, will begin on September 6 and end on September 11. They will be held in three slots, starting from 8am at 24 centres across the country.
A total of 1.47 lakh students have applied for the masters courses while 21,699 are vying for the MPhil/PhD programmes. The undergraduate entrance exams are being held for three management courses, journalism, education and a few specialised programmes. Mostly, students who couldn’t score above 90% in the Class XII board exams have applied for such courses.
Siddhant Chohan, an aspirant for MA (social work), said, “The very thought of sitting for an entrance exam in this weather wearing a mask and gloves for two hours is taxing.”
Students are also worried about travel restrictions and accommodation as hotels still continue to remain shut at many places. The centres are located in select cities. For instance, in Uttar Pradesh, the centres are located only in Varanasi.
Clashing of entrance exam dates is another worry for the aspirants. DU’s joint admission test for management courses is scheduled on the same day as Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). “I have applied for CLAT, JAT and a course at IIM-Indore. All the entrance exams are scheduled for September 7. I’m in a quandary as to which one I should appear for. I wish the authorities had decided on the schedule after coordinating with each other,” said a student.
A few DU students also raised concerns about giving the entrance exams of masters courses as their final year undergraduate exam in pen-paper mode was scheduled for later, on September 14. “I could not give the online open book examinations. I don’t know if I’ll be eligible to give the entrance exam for a masters course as I’ll still not have given my undergraduate final year exam. I hope the university issues a circular and provides some clarification on this issue,” said Dhiren Shah, a final-year political science student.
With NTA also issuing a schedule for JEE, NEET and other university exams, students protested against the decision on Twitter with the hashtag #ProtestAgainstExamsinCovid. Earlier, the students had moved Supreme Court for postponing the exam but the petition was dismissed.
JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh said, “The government has completely disregarded the demands of students though they highlighted their grievances. How are students affected by Covid or floods supposed to sit for the exams?”