Delhi University’s Ramanujan College has announced plans to offer a crash course to candidates for the Common University Entrance Test (CUET), even as AU officials said the notification had was withdrawn on Friday following an outcry over the move.
The poster announcing the crash course was shared widely on social media, with teachers slamming the decision, saying predictions about CUET’s promotion of coaching culture are coming true.
According to the poster, the crash course is offered by the college in association with the NCR chapter of the Indian Accountancy Association and a Taxmann company serving as the knowledge partner.
Alok Pandey, a DU academic council member and professor at the college, said the notification was removed from the website. Course registration began on May 10. The poster states a “non-refundable” participation fee of Rs 12,000, including the cost of study materials.
“We weren’t aware of this earlier. As soon as we had the information, we asked the college to withdraw the notification. We asked them to either give free coaching or charge a nominal fee in the range of Rs 100 to Rs 500. No fee should be charged to SC, ST and OBC students,” said Balaram Pani, Dean of Delhi University colleges. Yogesh Singh, vice-chancellor of Delhi University, said he was also unaware, but added that a college cannot.
DU announced that admissions to undergraduate courses will be through CUET which has been made compulsory for entry into 45 central universities nationwide. Until last year, admission to the University of Delhi was based on cut-off marks in class 12 board exams.
With entries from PTI.