Central varsity Oks aptitude test for UG admission

The human resource development (HRD) ministry-proposed aptitude test for class 12 students is likely to be considered for admission by central universities from the next academic session.

New Delhi: Vice Chancellors of Central universities on Wednesday agreed on a new system for admission to undergraduate programmes and student mobility between these institutions.

As per the new selection process, the admission could be a combination of marks obtained in class XII and scores obtained in a common aptitude test to be conducted nationally, said HRD Minister Kapil Sibal.

He said the weightage given to each of these would be decided by the individual universities.

"There was a consensus among Vice Chancellors of all the Central Universities to this admission process as the present process of testing puts an immense burden on students," he told reporters after charing a meeting with the VCs.

He said a detailed report would be presented within two months by a core committee as to how to implement the decision "so that we attempt to start this process in the next academic session".

He said the new system would ensure that the students give equal importance to plus two and discourage the rote learning process.

For admission to post-graduate level in these universities, he said the VCs agreed on an "admission process which could again be a combination of marks obtained at the graduate level and a common test having some subject component". The modalities would be worked out by the central universities keeping specific requirements in mind.

Seven of the 15 new central universities have already adopted a common entrance test for admission.

Talking about the new admission process at the undergraduate level, he said the consensus was reached keeping in mind the provisions of the new central university statute which says that admission shall take place on the basis of all-India test.

However, he said though the VCs have agreed on this system, unwilling universities can continue with their existing admission process.

"We are not forcing anybody. VCs feel this should be done. The academic council (of the universities) has to agree. If they don`t agree... they don`t agree," he said.

He said there would a system of credit transfer between these universities for student mobility, which could be in place by the next academic session.

There would be bilateral transaction between the universities for which MoUs would be entered into, he said, adding a committee of VCs would draft a model MoU in this regard.

Bureau Report

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