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Astronomically high cut-offs at Delhi University (DU) may soon be history. A high-powered committee set up by the university to review the undergraduate admission process has recommended that entrance tests be conducted for admissions to all streams in the coming few years in place of the old system of cut-offs.

While it is almost impossible to implement this suggestion this year, it could become a reality next year if the Academic Council approves it.

The soaring cut-offs in DU has made the university out of bounds for average students and led to considerable criticism in recent years.

"We have recommended that all admissions in future are done through entrance exams, especially to science courses," said a member of the committee.

"Students who want to pursue bio-sciences will be admitted through scores obtained in the centralised All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and those who want to pursue physical sciences will be admitted through scores of the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE)," the member said.

"For courses in humanities and commerce, the university can hold its own entrances. We have already done this in English, BBE and journalism," the member said.

The committee was set up by the university in November last year to review the admission process and suggest changes to make it better.

The 16-member committee has principals from various DU colleges such as SRCC (Shri Ram College of Commerce), Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Miranda House and Kamala Nehru as its members.

"This will streamline the process. Students will be better suited to the course they pursue as they have cleared a test and not arbitrarily taken up a subject," the member said.

While this recommendation may take some time to turn into reality, the suggestion to take receive application process online could be implemented this year.

The committee has suggested that application forms be made available online from this admission season. Last year no forms were to be filled before taking admissions.

It has also recommended that admissions through both sports and ECA quota should be done individually by colleges instead of a centralised process.

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