In what is considered as an attempt to ease the burden surrounding the high cut-offs in university admission across various colleges in the country, the HRD Ministry has embarked on a mission to implement a new common entrance test for all central universities. With the implementation of a common entrance examination, students seeking university admission will get equal opportunities despite the differences in the qualifying scores of the students.
Scores of students are exempted from being admitted to colleges in their desired subjects due to the extreme cut-offs set by the colleges. Many colleges set 100 per cent cut-off for popular subjects such as economics, mathematics and history, which had in fact prevented several talented students from getting admission by a margin.
The Union Ministry of HRD has decided to convene meeting on October 6 with the central universities regarding the implementation of the new admission procedure for colleges.
"A number of issues have been brought to our notice, including the common entrance test. We will draw up the agenda of the meeting soon," said HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.
"There are complaints about students having an advantage in getting admission through the cutoff system because of lenient marking from state boards . a common test will also do away with students' travel expenses, as they need not visit different places seeking admission," said one HRD official
Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh, while speaking about the common entrance examination, remarked that any entrance examination is competitive and it will elevate the burden of students applying in various colleges across the universities along with the pressure of another exam right after the 12th exam examination.