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DU not to take admission test for English, this year

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There is good news for all the students who are going to take admission in English (Honour's) programme in Delhi University this year. The university, in a recent ruling, has decided not to conduct any entrance tests from the next academic year. Students will now be admitted on the basis of their board exam marks.

Dean of colleges Nayanjot Lahiri said, “We have sent an advisory to colleges not to have any entrance test for the English (honour's) course this year. It is an interim measure before any decision to hold a common entrance test is taken by the university.”

The following ruling has been given folowing protests from a large number of students that they had to give so many tests in colleges.

Out of 45 colleges that offer the course, 18 colleges are thinking to hold entrance exam or a common test for this academic year. “A decision should be taken soon. The reason why entrance tests were introduced was because colleges felt that there wasn't any correlation between the level of proficiency in English and the marks scored in the subject by many students, especially those coming from the CBSE board.”

Ms.Vinita Chnadra, a reader in DU said “Most colleges keep the cut-offs relatively low since we want students with an aptitude for the subject. Once marks become the only criterion, many deserving students who have otherwise not scored well will lose out”.

Many colleges are also conscious of the fact that students coming from humanities background may be at a disadvantage since their peers from science and commerce streams score more in English.

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