BENGALURU, October 22: The admission to over 300 undergraduate, postgraduate courses and Ph. D. programmes in Indian Universities may be done through the single entrance examination. The Human Resource and Development Ministry (MHRD) likely to introduce the Common Admission Test from the next academic session.
Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said that as per the suggestion proposed in New Education Policy (NEP) a single test of subject-specific aptitude for admission to colleges and universities across the country to be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) from the next academic session.
Once the proposal gets approved from MHRD, the single entrance examination will be conducted for admission to undergraduate, postgraduate and Ph. D. programmes offered in 40 central universities across India.
The minister also said that the analysis of over 2 lakhs suggestions had been completed and ministry will be soon ready with the final NEP (2020) draft. According to recommendations proposed in NEP 2020, candidates can take an aptitude test and tests in specific subject multiple times in a year and best of the examination score to be considered for admissions.
“We are at the final stage of finalising the new policy. We set up an office in Bangalore to analyse suggestions for higher education, while for school education, a committee under CBSE chief Anita Karwal finalised the report. Five days ago, I met education secretaries and a CBSE team with the analysis,” said Pokhriyal as quoted by national dailies.
At present, candidates appear for multiple entrance tests or register multiple times for admission to colleges and universities but single entrance examination for Universities admission will be reduced the burden from students seeking admission. The minister also said that apart from reducing the burden on aspirants, the common tests are also expected to help universities and colleges in their admissions process.
According to MHRD officials, “NTA has the capacity and capability as the final aim is to make it a premium testing agency. It has already delivered glitch free, transparent and secure testing for a number of critical entrance exams such Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main), National Eligibility cum Eligibility Test (NEET), National Eligibility Test (NET) by UGC, Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) entrance tests.”
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