The Ministry of Education is investigating the option of having a common entrance test for admission to UG colleges from the next academic year across all Central universities. This action will be the first step towards striding away from ideological cut-off marks that colleges put up to their UG courses for admission.
The New Education policy rules in the courtesy of diminishing entrance tests for admission to universities to dispense with the mushrooming of coaching institutes for educating students taking these competitive tests.
The UGC had constituted a seven-member committee on 23 December to consider the possibilities of conducting a common entrance test for admission from the upcoming academic year to undergraduate level at all central universities to provide a common platform to students and institutions.
If the recommendation for a centralized entrance exam is catalyzed, the National Testing Agency (NTA) shall bear the duty of performing a General Aptitude Test and a common examination for UG admission to Central Universities at least twice a year.
Amit Khare, Higher Education Secretary, said they are anticipating a report by January on domains that will need separate tests and other complications while going ahead with this policy and make a decision by March 2021. Khare further added that the Ministry is glancing to start the common entrance test starting in August from the next session.
The principal of DAV Public School, Rashmi Biswal, Pushpanjali Enclave said that the challenge lies in facilitating the exam curriculum for all the candidates. Director of Ahlcon group of schools, Ashok Pandey, supporting the suggestion of a joint entrance test said the step will motivate more multiculturalism.