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Class 12 exams cancelled, no clarity on what’s next: Students and parents worry about UG course admissions

With uncertainty looming over the evaluation criteria for the assessment of class 12 students and a lack of clarity on when the mark sheets will be received, students are now making desperate calls to universities and colleges with admission enquiries.

Written by Alifiya Khan | Pune |
Updated: June 5, 2021 8:37:11 am
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Now that all boards have announced the cancellation of Class 12 exams, anxious students and parents are worried about the admission process for first-year undergraduate courses. While there is uncertainty over the evaluation criteria to be adopted by examination boards for arriving at Class 12 results, and no clarity on when the marksheets will be received, students are now making desperate calls to universities and colleges with admission inquiries.

Career counsellor Vivek Velankar said that Class 12 science students, barring those opting for BSc degrees, should concentrate on entrance exams. “Admissions to professional degree courses like medicine, engineering, pharmacy, architecture and law will still take place through state CET or national entrance tests. Students of Class 12 wishing to take up these courses should concentrate on entrance tests, since now competition may be tougher. For students taking up BSc specialised courses like biotechnology or computer sciences and such, they should watch out for college entrance tests which will be announced. As far as traditional courses in pure sciences or a regular arts or commerce undergraduate degree goes, students in junior colleges are most likely to be promoted to degree courses in same colleges. Others should just wait for the final marksheets and the state government’s announcement on admissions,” he said.

Since Class 12 students belong to different boards, each of which have announced a different method of arriving at final results in the absence of exams, experts said students should wait till there is a formula to bring parity to the results.

As far as admissions in state-run colleges are concerned, a high-level consultation meeting is expected soon.

Dr Nitin Karmalkar, vice-chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University, said, “The higher education minister will soon chair a meeting to discuss first-year undergraduate admissions. We have all sent in our suggestions… my personal opinion is that we should conduct a CET at every division, which can be done online. It can test the ability and aptitude of students”.

Meanwhile, even as uncertainty looms over first-year undergraduate admissions in state-run colleges, deemed and private universities have already started the process of admissions, beginning with entrance tests.

In fact, June 4 was the last date for registration for SET (Symbiosis Entrance Test), the gateway to admissions for various undergraduate courses at Symbiosis International University. At MIT university, too, more than a 1,000 applications have already been received, confirmed Pro Vice-Chancellor Dr Ravikumar Chitnis.

“We are addressing students in batches via Zoom meetings, explaining to them the procedure and what to expect, since students have a lot of questions,” he said.

Dr Umesh Patwardhan, director of counselling and admissions office, Vishwakarma University, said one round of entrance tests had already taken place in March while the second is scheduled for July 3, registrations for which close on July 2. “Since there is uncertainty over the admission schedule for state-run universities, a larger number of students are turning to private universities. Our phones have not stopped ringing. We are conducting an entrance test for professional courses like Btech Computer Engineering, BPharm, BBA, LLB and LLM, Bachelor of Design and more. As far as traditional BA, BCom, BSc degrees go, we are taking applications and once the results are finally declared, we will prepare the merit list and declare it. In any case, our academic year for all courses begins on August 9,” he said.

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