Monday, August 13, 2012

MHRD working towards a common entrance examin for all central universities

Undeterred by the setback to its plans, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is working towards a common entrance examination for all central universities. At present, there are 42 central universities in the country. The proposed examination was discussed at the vice chancellor's retreat held earlier this month in Chandigarh.

Vice Chancellors' of the central universities have agreed to work towards a common entrance examination for admission to undergraduate programmes. While there is a general agreement that a common entrance examination would benefit students, some of the more established central universities appear to have some concern.

Sources indicated that broadly concerns related to issues such as the scale of the examination, the impact on the quality of students. A limited common entrance test, subscribed to by seven central universities --- Bihar, Jammu, Jharkhand, Kashmir, Kerala, Rajasthan & Tamil Nadu --- is already in existence.

The proposed admission system will give adequate weightage to class XII board examinations to account for subject knowledge. Class XII board examination scores are currently used for determining cut-offs for admission. The proposed common entrance examination would test genral and subject related aptitude through a single test.

The task of preparing a policy document, explaining the proposed examination, the experience of these seven universities and addressing the concerns raised by the vice chancellors, has been entrusted to BP Sanjay, Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Tamil Nadu.

The newly established central universities participating in the existing examination say that their experience has been a good one and that there are no complaints about the quality of intake. However, it is likely that the older central universities like Delhi University might have some reservations about joining in.

The ministry has made it clear that minority central universities like Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and unique universities such as the Indian Maritime University may opt out of participating in the common examination.

The central universities have been asked to take necessary steps to join in the common examination from the next academic session.

Source: The Economic Times (Online Edition), August 13, 2012

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