Amid opposition to its move to choose PhD and MPhil hopefuls solely on the basis of an interview, Delhi University today said it would simply be an interaction to bring all students on the same platform. Till last year, the varsity gave 85% weightage to the written test and 15% to the interview. “It will be better to call it an interaction, a student and the faculty will discuss each other’s requirements,” Maharaj K Pandir, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Admissions, said.
The college had yesterday declared that PhD aspirants with a fellowship from UGC/CSIR/NET or a central government institute need not take the entrance test, and the individuals who don’t have it should. However, they are all required to show up for interview.
“Students who don’t have a fellowship will take the entrance exam and afterward everybody will be on the same platform when they will show up for viva voce,” Pandit told. Viva voce interaction won’t leave any scope for discrimination, he said. The committee chief said the reservation policy will be followed strictly.
Meanwhile, a section of students condemned the varsity’s move to “make the written examination a mere qualifier”.
“It is a move which was ratified neither in academic council nor in executive council of the college,” Vikas Bhadauria, president of Delhi unit of Students Federation of India, said in an announcement. It will affect various students from marginalised sections, he included.