Recently, UGC has set up a seven member committee to consider the issue (of) holding common entrance test at undergraduate level
- The government is exploring the feasibility of holding a common entrance test for undergraduate admissions across all central universities from the next academic year.
- University Grants Commission(UGC) has set up a seven-member committee on December 23, headed by Vice-Chancellor of Central University of Punjab R P Tiwari, to consider the issue of holding common entrance test at undergraduate level only from the next academic year in central universities to provide a single platform for admission
Why the common entrance test?
- The new NEP, released in July this year, advocates reducing the number of entrance tests to “eliminate the need for taking coaching for these exams”
Who will conduct it?
- If the NEP suggestion is implemented, the National Testing Agency will be tasked to conduct a common aptitude test as well as specialised common exams for different disciplines at least twice a year, for admission to bachelor’s in central universities.
|National Testing Agency (NTA)|
NTA has been established as a premier, specialist, autonomous and self-sustained testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for admission/ fellowship in higher educational institutions.
Functions of National Testing Agency
What is the role of the committee?
- Conducting a common entrance test seems simple but there are several intricacies. For instance, given the range of subjects offered across central universities, this committee will have to identify the disciplines for which separate tests will be needed.
- The government expects a report by January and hopes to make a decision by March 2021.