Covid-19 and the major need for social distancing arise in a difficult situation for the education sector in India. Not only colleges or universities, even schools, are facing problems regarding the current academic year. Is it the time for the new admissions the Universities in India have a major task with them to continue this process. Due to the increment in the cases of COVID-19 the government would not allow the gathering of lakhs of students together in the admission center of universities.
The private boards including the state government boards shall allow the students of the matrix to be promoted based on their previous performance like internal assessment marks. The government along with the colleges has to come up with a way to admit the students of class 12 into the undergraduate course. As the students appearing for the examinations like JEE MAINS or NEET shall be accommodated.
Meanwhile, talking about the Universities like Delhi University (DU) that give admission based on Class XII scores will have to reestablish their approach. The possibility of grade inflation rules out accepting internal grades as a metric of merit, though this is often an old problem that universities are facing with boards indulging in what’s called moderation—inflating student scores to offer them a foothold over students of competing boards in university admissions. Universities, therefore, must give serious thought to a US SAT-style common entrance examination.
While AICTE, MCI, and therefore the national law schools are successful in getting colleges to comply with one admission test, UGC has miserably failed during this endeavor. Meanwhile, the National Testing Authority also conducts JEE, NEET, and several other exams ,successfully has been roped in to conduct the central university’s common entrance test (CUCET), UGC has not been ready to persuade most central universities to hitch.
Only 14 central universities—a Delhi University or an Allahabad University or a BHU isn’t during this list—and four state ones admit students through CUCET; this is often perhaps because universities have followed their entrance procedures, and since getting affiliated colleges to comply with a standard entrance test has also proved difficult within the past—for instance, DU’s discarded experiment with a common entrance test for English Hons.
But, with education institutions grappling with the changed context that Covid-19 presents, the UGC should bat on the front foot for a standard entrance test.
Even if states comply with a standard state-level exam and therefore the central universities take admissions supported CUCET, it might still be a win-win for UGC and therefore the students. Universities will need to compete to draw in talent, and this can also influence their rankings as students will make choices supported parameters like faculty, facilities, research, and placement.
News source- @finacialexpress.com