No Common Entrance Test for Central Universities this year, says UGC

UGC said NO Central Universities Common Entrance Test for Academic Session 2021-22

The University Grants Commission has released a press note stating that “There will be no common entrance test for admission to undergraduate courses in all the Central Universities of the country. The Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) may be implemented from academic session 2022-2023, the Commission added.

In a tweet tagging the Education Minister, and Ministry of Education, the UGC has said, “In view of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, admission process in Central Universities during Academic Session 2021-22, may continue as per past practice. Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) may be implemented from Academic Session 2022-23.”

The Common Entrance Test for admission to undergraduate courses across central universities was proposed in the national education policy (NEP) 2020. In December 2020, the then Union ministry of education Ramesh Pakhriyal constituted a seven-member committee to recommend modalities for the Central University Common Entrance Test (CUCET) in accordance with the NEP, 2020.

The Commission has also released new academic guidelines and has asked universities to complete final semester or final year exams by August 30, 2021. As per the guidelines, admission to undergraduate and postgraduate programs should be completed by September 30 and the new academic session will begin from October 1, 2021.

UGC has also stated – as directed by the Supreme Court the UG admission process in various universities would begin only after the release of CBSE, ICSE and other State Board Class 12 results.

UGC also mentioned in the guidelines that in view of the pandemic, the Universities shall not charge any cancellation fees for withdrawal of admission till October 31. After October 31, the universities can deduct a maximum of Rs. 1000 as processing fee if the student withdraws or cancels admission till December 31, 2021. 

UGC has left the mode of teaching as per the relevant guidelines and protocols in the state at the time.