CUET: UGC to write to education ministers of all states; hold meetings with VCs of public-funded varsities.
New Delhi, India: According to UGC Chairman Jagadesh Kumar, the University Grants Commission (UGC) would write to all state and union territory education ministers, pushing them to get public-funded universities on board with the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) for undergraduate admissions.
The UGC president will also meet with vice chancellors from all state-funded universities to discuss the exam and answer their questions. \”I\’ll be writing to all state and UT education ministers regarding the CUET. I\’ll also be engaging with the vice presidents of all state-funded universities to persuade them to adopt the CUET for undergraduate admissions so that more students can benefit from parity and a level playing field \”PTI quoted Kumar as saying.
To begin, the UGC Chief met with 25 vice-chancellors from Gujarati universities. \”We had a lengthy conversation. They\’ve indicated an interest in joining the team. The problem will now be brought to the attention of the institutions\’ statutory organisations, such as the Academic and Executive Councils. We are willing to arrange consultations and answer specific questions and issues if they arise \”Added he.
Kumar declared last week that CUET results, not Class XII grades, will be required for admission to 45 central institutions, with the central universities having the authority to set their own minimum eligibility requirements. \”The vice-chancellors from Assam and Karnataka will be my next meeting,\” he said. Kumar told PTI on Tuesday that eight deemed-to-be universities, including the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and Jamia Hamdard, have expressed a desire to use CUET scores to admit students to the undergraduate programme, and that top private universities are in contact with the Commission to join the programme.
The CUET application procedure for undergraduate courses at central institutions will begin on April 2. According to NTA, the CUET will provide students seeking admission to any central institution in the country with a single-window opportunity. The exam will be administered by computer-based testing (CBT).
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