The ERA (Education, Rating and Assessment) has announced the first ‘Uni-GAUGE’, a common entrance test for private and deemed universities across the nation for admission to Post Graduate and Medical and Dental courses.
The Uni-GAUGE is to some as relief for many students who spend time, energy and resources filling up and following up with multiple entrance exams to get admission to PG courses. Not only this but it being called India’s version of the Graduate Aptitude Test (GRE).
The foundation which is launching this Common entrance test has some well-known private and deemed universities in the country. This foundation also aims to make the process of entrance exams for private and deemed universities much more streamlined.
MR Jayaram, Chancellor, MS Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences– Bengaluru, shared with The Hindu that the objective was to, “separate entrance test from admissions”. “We will not be conducting counselling; the individual universities will conduct their own counselling for admissions based on the scores of the students in the online test. They will announce a cut-off,” he said as he is also on the board of directors of the foundation.
Former Karnataka Chief Secretary SV Ranganath is the chairman of the board.
In order to facilitate the exam admission process such that the scores act as the qualifiers for the admissions, the Graduate Record Examinations pattern is being followed.
The PG medical and dental test will be held on February 15, 2015. The board members also said the foundation will branch out to conducting entrance tests for undergraduate medical and dental admissions next year, followed by tests for engineering, management and even general science and arts courses eventually. The foundation will also look at the areas of accreditation and skill building, reported The Hindu.