The Vice-Chancellors of the universities in Uttar Pradesh have resolved to hold a state level Common Entrance Test for admission to the PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) degree course. Besides, all the state universities will have a common syllabus, making it easier for the students to select their teachers under the ‘virtual class’ system as well as a common time-table to hold entrance tests, examinations, and to declare results.
Disapproving of the growing influence of coaching centres that put engineering aspirants through a grind, making it difficult for them to concentrate on their senior secondary examinations, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said on Saturday that curtailing the power of such institutions was one of the objectives of the recommendation for a common entrance test.
The coaching institutions “allow the rich and privileged to get their children admitted there and [these students] have a natural advantage [over financially weak students]. Coaching means focussing only on the IIT entrance examination without bothering about Class XII examinations. But this is not the best way to get the best students in the IIT programme,” the Minister said speaking to journalists after the 56th annual convocation of IIT-Kharagpur,
The report of the committee, looking into the proposal for a single-test for engineering admissions, was expected by the beginning of August. “I do not want the students to sit for 20 to 30 examinations. We must reduce the pressure on them and we shall do whatever it takes to lessen the pressure. Many proposals may come our way but we will choose the best for the system that allows the institutions not to depend entirely on one examination for the admission process.”
The Board of Governors of Medical Council of India (MCI) has put forward a proposal to conduct a common entrance test for medical courses from the next academic session. This common entrance test will cover both under-graduate and post graduate courses conducted by private and government medical colleges. The purpose of this initiative is to reduce the burden of students. President of the Board, Dr. S.K Sarin said, "A common entrance will reduce the hassles for students appearing for medical exams. At present, students have to give 10–15 different exams for medical courses, which can be highly stressful to both the student and his family. A common entrance exam will allow a student to give his best shot at one go."