The introduction of the CUET 2023 for undergraduate (UG) programmes has resulted in a 25% decrease in the overall admission number to Delhi University (DU), one of the largest universities in the nation, with the strength of girls suffering the greatest decline.
According to the data presented by The Sunday Express, DU's enrolment levels have fallen to a five-year low. 64,915 students in 2022–2023, down from 73,374 in 2018–19. This year, there were about 70,000 UG seats available. With 22,283 fewer enrollments than the previous year, a reduction of 25.5%, the decline in admissions is even more severe.
The amount of female students who were admitted to DU this year is a significant contributing factor to the shortage. In UG programmes, the number of female students dropped from 54,818 in 2021 to 34,120 in 2022–2023—a decrease of 37.75%. On the other hand, student enrolment only slightly decreased from 32,380 in 2021 to 30,795 this year, a decrease of 1,585.
In all, female students made up 52.5% of the undergraduate enrollment at DU this year, compared to 62.87% in 2021–22. The student ratio thus climbed from 37.13% in 2021–2022 to 47.44% in this session.
(BHU) along with DU, received the most applications for admission to UG programmes through CUET 2022 and also saw a fall in the overall enrollment of both boys and females. In 2022, BHU enrolled 14,386 students in its undergraduate and graduate programmes, 7,196 (50.02%) girls and 7,190 (49.98%) boys. 19,880 students were admitted to the institution in 2021, with 10,308 being boys (51.85%) and 9,572 being girls (48.15%).