DU Admissions 2017 : DU Rejects CBSE’s Request For Extra Weightage

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Delhi University will not offer any “special” treatment to the UG aspirants coming from Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Being a central university,DU¬†treats Class XII marks given by all in the country equally,said a senior official who is part of the admission committee.

CBSE has decided not to artificially spike the Class 12th marks which will be released before 24th May 2017.

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CBSE Chairman Mr RK Chaturvedi has asked Delhi University to provide ‚Äúappropriate weightage‚Äù to CBSE students for admission to undergraduate courses so that they don’t lose out to students of state boards who inflates the marks of their students.

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This was a resolution adopted by 32 schools boards in a meeting organised by CBSE and attended by School Education Secretary Anil Swarup on 24th April 2017.So,for the first time in many years there is an expected drop in board results.

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To protect the interests of CBSE students,CBSE Chairman has written a letter to the DU’s Vice Chancellor stating- ‚ÄúCBSE, being a national board, intends to adopt the consensus developed in the (April 24) meeting to do away with moderation of marks in senior secondary examination from the current year examination i.e. 2017 itself so as to set the trend for other state secondary examination to adopt it on priority”.

“However, different state secondary boards may do away with moderation for the next year as they are in the midst of result preparation during the current year. Therefore, this would place CBSE students at a disadvantage during admission process in the University of Delhi for the session 2017-18”.

“In view of the above, I would request University of Delhi to consider awarding appropriate weightage to the students of CBSE applying for admission in Delhi University during the academic year 2017-18 to promote awarding of factual marks by other state secondary boards and do away with unfair practice of upward inflation of marks”.

Moderation’ is a common practice adopted by most school education boards to bring uniformity in the evaluation process. In other words, marks scored by students in Class X and XII are tweaked to align the marking standards of different examiners, to maintain parity of pass percentage of candidates across years, to compensate students for difficulties experienced in solving a question in specified time and also for the difference in the difficulty level of different sets of question papers provided for the same subject.

But in recent past the policy of moderation has been misused to artificially spike board marks which forces best universities of the country to set unrealistic cutoffs.For instance, the number of students scoring 95 per cent and above in the Class XII examination conducted by CBSE rose 23 times in six years,from 384 in 2008 to 8,971 in 2014.This increase is felt every year when many courses and colleges of Delhi University puts cutoff at 100%.

While the CBSE board results are still a week away, a few state boards have already discontinued moderation,which has resulted in a drop in results.The Punjab School Education Board Class 12 results, declared last week,saw a dip of 14 per cent in the overall pass percentage as compared to last year.The Karnataka Board Class X results witnessed a drop of 7.24 per cent in the pass percentage as compared to last year.

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Shivam Malhotra
A social media enthusiast who is in love with this digital world! Wrote the first article for DU Express in May 2016.

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