Following a meeting between UGC Chairman
M Jagadesh Kumar and eight deemed-to-be universities to discuss the need to adopt the Common University Entrance Exam (CUET) for admission to undergraduate (UG) programmes, UGC has shared a related round with other universities as well. Educators claim that this examination specifies the long-term roadmap, but that certain revisions are required before the examination can be used as the sole entrance criteria.
\”Two advantages of adopting CUET will be pulling in a larger crowd of quality students so there is less chance of vacant seats and less emphasis on class XII board marks for admission, which do not guarantee a good group of students joining the institute,\” says Surendra, head of division (HoD), Department of Yoga, Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar.
\”When the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) was created, it was considered a developmental stride to include admissions to Nursing programmes through the test,\” Manju Chhugani, dean, School of Nursing Sciences and Allied Health, Jamia Hamdard (deemed-to-be) University, says. Previously, we received roughly two applications per seat based on our solitary entrance exam; however, after incorporating NEET admissions, this number grew to around five applications per seat.\” With such tried-and-true components, she believes that CUET adoption has a lot of promise.
Jamia Hamdard had also dealt with benefit-based admissions, but the results had been dismal. \”The students we admitted this way took part in an exam sponsored by the Delhi Nursing Council.\” Sixty-six of the sixty pupils that took part failed. This focused attention on the quality of pupils admitted through a merit-based system,\” explains Chhugani.
According to Raj Singh, vice-chancellor of JAIN (Deemed-to-be-University), a periodic admission examination will relieve college students of the pressure to perform poorly on their board exams. \”Given the number of education boards in the country, putting everyone on a level playing field by considering their boards exam scores for admission is unjust.\” A common admission test is the obvious option, given that NEP focuses on improving ability rather than topic knowledge.\”
Specifications are still pending.
\”Through our own entrance test, TISS-NET / TISS-BAT, we offer admission to postgraduate (PG) and a few undergraduate (UG) degrees,\” explains PK Shajahan, dean, tutorial affairs, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). Shifting to CUET for UG admissions should not be a problem, as long as we have the option of holding round 2 at the institute level to assess the candidate\’s ability and interest in the subject.\”
JAIN University has also decided to use CUET beginning this academic year, but will still administer its own entrance examination. \”We will take admissions using our own test in the initial couple of years, since the trend of CUET is yet to become widespread among students for admission to HEIs beyond central universities,\” Singh says. We may see a full shift when CUET becomes the acknowledged norm for admission across HEIs.\”
According to Chhugani, in order to ensure that college students\’ quality remains unaffected, the CUET exam should assess a student\’s interest in a specific field, particularly one as specialised as nursing. \”The component of the paper that assesses a candidate\’s domain-specific knowledge needs to be connected with the courses so that institutes can recruit quality students,\” she says.Want to get any information about CUET? Please visit www.collzy.com