Jamia Millia Islamia to Conduct Entrance Test for 2020-21 Admissions

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Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

The varsity had already posted online forms for entrance tests and had advised the aspirants to fill the admission form by registering themselves on or before 14 September

Mohd Aasif | Clarion India

NEW DELHI — Jamia Millia Islamia will accept new admissions through entrance tests, the controller of examination, Dr. Nazim Hussain Jafri, told Clarion India on Saturday. The executive council meeting of the central university will be held on Tuesday next week.

The development comes after aspirants asked the varsity administration to come clear on whether the university was going to take new admissions on the basis of merit or entrance test.

The Jamia administration extended several times the dates for Online Application for Admission into various courses, including Residential Coaching Academy (RCA). The extension was a result of the months-long lockdown imposed by the government in the country in view of the coronavirus pandemic. Since the university was shut, the admission process got delayed forcing the administration to think over ways to take in new students.

There were rumours and news reports that the university might take new admissions on the basis of merit. However, Dr Jafri, while putting all the rumours to rest, said that they never told anyone that new admissions will be done on merit.

“We have already notified the date of entrance test for school children in schools at the campus. We will follow the same pattern for the entrance test”, he added.

The varsity had already posted online forms for entrance tests and had advised the aspirants to fill the admission form by registering themselves on or before 14 September.

Jamia also informed the existing applicants to upload the qualifying marksheets. Some aspirants noted that while uploading the marksheets on the admission portal, a message appeared which read, “Merit List would be prepared based on the data entered by you here.”

Student associations were opposing the idea of admissions on merit as there were apprehensions of a scope for backdoor entry.

“Merit-based admissions create a huge opportunity for backdoor entry which is an unfair disadvantage to deserving students. The merit-based admission process is for privileged students–the financially sound, the upper caste, the residents of big cities and a status quoist procedure”, reads a statement circulated by All India Students Association.

Activists had expressed their concern that the CBSE students scored higher marks in Class XII examinations than their counterparts in the state board where the marking system was less generous. The state board students would be at a disadvantage during this merit-based admission.

Last year, the university did not reveal the score and ranks of the aspirants who qualified after the entrance test.

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