The entrance examination of Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) will soon be replaced with Common Admission Test (CAT) from this year onwards. The decision was taken on Monday, when the Delhi University expressed its inability to help conduct the test.
The cost of using CAT entrance examinations for admissions has left many teachers worried. According to Abha Dev Habib, a Physics teacher in Miranda House College and executive council member of the Delhi University Teachers' Association, “If you consider the number of candidates sitting for the entrance year after year and do the math the university will end up spending over a crore. This ‘outsourcing' is a way to commercialise the public funded institutions.” The University will have to take Rs 50,000 as one time membership fee and Rs 2, 00,000 annually addition to Rs.200 per candidate to obtain the CAT scores.
Prof J. K Mitra, faculty member, expresses his concern over this decision and says, “Our format is distinctive from CAT, over 40 per cent of our questions have never been asked in CAT.” He further added, “The exams were scheduled to happen in December and the untimely decision could have negative implications for everyone concerned. It's a 40-year-old tradition and the FMS exams have always been a bench-mark for other entrance exams. It did not deserve to be scrapped without due notice.”
Students of FMS have also raised objections to this decision. A student of FMS, Rahul, said, “The FMS exams are a legacy that will be lost and totally different from CAT. I personally am against it being scrapped.”