Aligarh Muslim University\’s (AMU) top academic body approved the proposal to adopt the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) for the new academic session starting this year on Saturday, just days after the Centre rejected the university\’s petition to allow it to roll out the entrance test for a limited number of undergraduate programmes.
A meeting of the Academic Council members adopted the recommendations of the committee formed by the Council in December last year to deliberate on all elements of the matter, according to a statement released by the university.
The Registrar, Controller of Examinations, Deans of Faculties, Principals of Colleges, Chairmen/ Chairpersons of Departments, Directors of Centres, and other Academic Council members attended the meeting, which was presided over by the Vice Chancellor.
\”The Committee discussed the letter and decided that the University would use the CUET test score, but that the University\’s admissions provisions, such as internal reservation, Vice Chancellor nomination to various categories, and admissions to Bridge Course and Madrasas students, would be unaffected.\” The university will hold its own counselling session and admission test for B. Tech, Postgraduate Courses, Class XI, Diploma Courses, Schools, and all other non-CUET courses,\” according to the statement.
On March 28, the AMU wrote to the Ministry of Education (MoE) requesting that the CUET score be used for only eight undergraduate courses – three vocational courses and five BA programmes. Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) in Delhi has submitted a similar request, stating that CUET scores will be used for admissions to two vocational and six BA (Hons) degrees.
The Centre made it plain to both universities in its response that the CUET, which will be held in the first and second weeks of July, must be used for all undergraduate admissions.
The March 28 letter was AMU\’s second CUET-related communication to the government. In February, the university wrote to the Centre, requesting an exemption from the CUET because its minority status was being challenged in the Supreme Court. The Centre had therefore maintained in its answer that the CUET would have no impact on the AMU\’s reservation rules.
The internal quota as well as all nomination quotas (Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe, Backward Class, Children of University Employees, Children of Alumni, Children of Central Government Employees recently posted/transferred to Aligarh, belonging to Distant State/ Union Territory, Physically Challenged, NCC Cadet, Outstanding Sportsperson, Outstanding Debater, Children of Armed Forces who died in combat) will be preserved, according to the statement.
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