Common admission for universities in limbo

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A common, centralized admissions process proposed for all central universities is in limbo as uncertainty surrounds its implementation this year due to the pandemic, postponement of school board exams and a government delay in the decision on the matter.

A government panel of vice-chancellors submitted its report in April, supporting a common entrance exam for undergraduate courses and a similar process for postgraduate courses at more than 40 central universities. However, the Ministry of Education has not yet made a decision.

“In the absence of clarity, we are not sure how to proceed this year. We have heard nothing from the New Delhi authorities on the joint admission process. Yes, school boards have yet to conduct Class Council 12 exams, but we also need clarity on postgraduate education. It takes a few months for the admissions process and without a clear directive this arrangement is not being prepared, ”said a senior administrator at a central university, who declined to be appointed.

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“The panel submitted its recommendations the first week of April to the Union’s Ministry of Education. The pandemic has created a huge challenge for everyone, including universities. The common admission test will depend on what the government decides. I think they are reviewing the recommendations and the current situation, ”said RP Tiwari, vice-chancellor of the Central University of Punjab.

A government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the common admissions system faced two challenges this year: First, the pandemic made it impossible for physical exams to be held, and even for exams. online, applicants must visit physical centers. Second, the delay of school boards and the possibility of reporting school board results via internal school evaluations make it more subjective.

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“As things improved for the education sector, the second wave derailed everything. We understand the situation and the clarity required at the university level. The joint admission proposal is still under review, ”the official said.

Phone calls and a text requesting clarification from the president of the National Testing Agency (NTA), who is also the additional secretary in charge of central universities at the education ministry, went unanswered.

Under the proposal, central universities were to admit students by giving a 50% weighting to performance on school board exams, and the rest in a national entry to be conducted by the NTA. To iron out quality issues with individual school boards, the NTA was supposed to streamline the grades of all state school boards, the government committee had recommended. To expand the test result, he suggested that the national entry will test domain knowledge as well as joint aptitude, verbal ability and quantitative reasoning.

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