CUET UG should remain optional, says Association of Indian Universities
Press Trust of India|Mar 22, 2023
NEW DELHI: Eight deemed-to-be universities including the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and Jamia Hamdard have expressed a desire to use Common University Entrance Test (CUET) scores for undergraduate (UG) admissions 2022, the University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman M Jagadesh Kumar said today.
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Today, had a meeting with VCs of 8 Deemed to be Universities funded/partially funded by UGC. All of them have supported CUET and expressed their desire to use CUET for admissions in UG programmes. They have also given some useful suggestions. Other Universities too can use CUET. pic.twitter.com/JLaOW76Onb— Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar (@mamidala90) March 28, 2022
Kumar held a meeting on Monday with the vice-chancellors and directors of these eight deemed universities which receive maintenance grants from UGC. Besides the TISS, Mumbai, and Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, the other six universities were: Gandhigram Rural Institute, Gandhigram, Dindigul Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra, Gurukul Kangri, Haridwar, Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad, Avinashilingam Institute of Home Sciences, Coimbatore, and Ramakrishna Vivekananda Educational Research Institute, Kolkata.
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"They have also given some useful suggestions. This is an opportunity for all universities to adopt CUET and relieve the students from the stress of getting either very high Class 12 board scores or writing multiple entrance tests," he said.
CUET scores will be mandatory for admission to 45 central universities for undergraduate programmes, Kumar had said last week. On Sunday, he also wrote to vice-chancellors of other universities to use CUET scores for admission to undergraduate programmes.
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The National Testing Agency (NTA) will begin the CUET 2022 registration on April 2 and close the application window on April 30.
"I explained to them the salient features of the Common University Entrance Test and how it would be beneficial to the students. “I made it clear to them that the existing reservation policies of the institutes will not be affected and they can continue to admit students in undergraduate programmes as per existing reservation policies except that the admission has to be based on CUET score and not based on Class 12 board marks," Kumar said.
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