According to UGC chairman Jagadesh Kumar, technical glitches in the initial stages of the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) will not affect the expansion plan for the crucial exam, which includes the proposal for merger with JEE and NEET.
“Technical glitches in the initial stages of CUET UG are not a setback but a lesson. They will be turned away in the near future and will in no way stop them from expanding or expanding plans for the crucial exam,” he told PTI in an interview.
Kumar had earlier said that in future the engineering entrance exam JEE and medical entrance exam NEET will also be merged with Common University Entrance Test (CUET).
“As per the NEP, the plan is to have a common entrance exam to reduce the burden on students of appearing in multiple entrances. However, we won’t hurry up to introduce it as we need to plan well. It is a massive exercise,” he said.
Asked when the merger is expected, Kumar said the modalities are yet to be worked out.
“An expert committee will be set up by end of this month. It will study all important entrance exams being conducted in the country as well as abroad. If we have to introduce the exam next year, the preparation has to start now considering the massive exercise and the different disciplines involved.
“There also has to be a consensus among stakeholders and the two main issues we need to address is the syllabus as well as the difficulty level as each discipline has its own peculiarities,” he said.
About Common University Entrance Test (CUET (UG) – 2022):
The Common University Entrance Test (CUET (UG) – 2022) is being introduced for admission into all UG Programmes in all Central Universities for academic session 2022-23 under the Ministry of Education, (MoE). The Common University Entrance Test (CUET) will provide a common platform and equal opportunities to candidates across the country, especially those from rural and other remote areas and help establish better connect with the Universities.
A single examination will enable the Candidates to cover a wide outreach and be part of the admissions process to various Central Universities.