After a panel appointed by the Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development submitted its report favoring a unified admission test for all Central Universities across India, the proposal for an uniform admission procedure based on a Common Entrance Test is likely to become a reality pretty soon.
The panel appointed by the Union HRD Ministry was led by the HRD minister Smriti Irani herself and it comprised a working group of Vice-Chancellors of seven Central Universities. The panel was formed to come up with a set of guidelines for common admissions and curriculum, a national system of credit transfer and faculty mobility.
Formed in September, the panel submitted its report last week – within three months of formation.
Based on available reports, the panel has recommended a unified admission test for all undergraduate, post graduate and PhD programs for all Central Universities. It is likely to be modeled in the same line as the Common Admission Test (CAT) for MBA programs.
The panel has also recommended a combination of the common entrance test results and interviews, and suggested that each university should enjoy the freedom to determine the weightage of each in addition to Class XII Board exam scores.
Sources within the HRD Ministry told the Indian Express that the exam should be an online test conducted once a year. It should comprise two papers – one on general aptitude of the student and one on the subject/program that he or she applies for.
As of now, there are 40 Central Universities across India out of which 16 were created in 2009 under the same act, whereas the rests are governed by separate acts approved by the Parliament of India.
The Union HRD Ministry also plans to push for a single act for all central universities – a move that has so far drawn mixed response.