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Common entrance test and curriculum for central universities

Following the recommendations of seven Vice Chancellors (VCs), a common entrance exam for undergraduate and post graduate courses of central universities is likely on its way. Further, a common syllabus and central ranking system has also been proposed. The VCs, who recently held a conclave n Delhi, will soon submit their proposal to the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (HRD).

“Delhi University had organized a conclave of seven Vice Chancellors who serve on two committees that are supposed to come up with a set of recommendations for evolving an India- centric ranking system and common entrance as well as a common curriculum for all Central Universities. The committee will make their recommendations very soon”, said Malay Neerav, media-coordinator, DU.

He further asserted that the parameters included in the recommendations for the ranking system would be in line with the strengths and needs of Indian institutions. In spite of adhering to the norms of national universities, the parameters will also be widely accepted at the international level.

As per the recommendations, the main purpose for farming the ‘common national curriculum’ is to facilitate student mobility alongside credit transfers. This necessarily means that a common curriculum will help students to seek hassle free transfer to other universities. Besides, the new curriculum will also enable students to pursue courses and get credits in one university, while being enrolled in another.

On the other hand, a common entrance test for admission might come as a sigh of welcome relief for most students since they will get a common platform to compete for a seat, irrespective of their boards and streams.

Moreover, a ranking system in the national level could help students to decide which university to opt for. It is worth noting that presently, India lacks a much needed common ranking system that can be at par with the QS world university ranking.

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