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Sep 2016 Source: MOTACHASHMA

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HRD Ministry to implement a Common Entrance Test (CET) for all Central Universities in India. The proposal aims to help student secure fair UG admission across the universities. This step has given students a ray of hope of reducing the fierce competition and burden of high cut off marks.

Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said the, "A number of issues have been brought to our notice, including the common entrance test. We will draw up the agenda of the meeting soon.". A meeting with the Central Universities regarding the implementation of the new process will be conducted on October 6, 2016, in which all related aspects will be discussed. 

Agendas for Meeting

  • The students seeking admission in Delhi has faced many problems because there are differences in many Universities in the marking system because some Universities have difficult marking system where some other have very easy and smooth marking system.
  • In the year 2016, out of 188 seats in Shri Ram College of Commerce, 129 seats went to the students of Tamil Nadu as Universities of Tamil Nadu are quite generous in awarding marks to the students. 33 students of the 129 students were from a particular school of Tamil Nadu.
  • The issues regarding the shortage of staffs will also be discussed apart from discussing with the Vice Chancellors about the implementation of the CET.

A senior HRD Official said that "There are complaints about students getting the advantage in getting admission through the cutoff system due to lenient marking from the state board." The HRD official further added that in addition to giving fair admission chance of admission in the colleges, it will also cut the travel expenses of the students.

  • A Common Entrance Test for admission to all the 40 Central Universities in India will open a gateway for the students, giving them equal opportunities despite the differences in the Class 12 scores of the students.
  • In the present system of cut-off accepted by the Universities, many students are exempted from taking admission in their desired subjects due to high cut-offs. For Instance, some colleges set the cut-off to 100% for the popular subjects such as Economics, Mathematics, and History which in fact prevented several talented students from getting admission.
  • At present around seven central Universities located in Haryana, Jammu Kashmir, Jharkhand, Kerala, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu take UG admissions on the basis of Central Universities Common Entrance Test.   

Delhi University's Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh objecting the implementation of CET said that CET may be a burden for the students right after class 12 exam. It can create and increase pressure in the minds of the students.

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