The government is reportedly exploring the possibility of merging the national engineering and medical entrance exams into the existing Common University Entrance Test (CUET).
The UGC chairperson, M Jagadesh Kumar said on Friday that bringing JEE (Main) and NEET under one umbrella will help in reducing the burden of students. He also said that the idea is in tune with the Centre’s National Education Policy, 2020.
Spelling relief for students, the University Grants Commission is reportedly considering merging the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, NEET and Joint Entrance Test, JEE with the Common University Entrance Test or CUET. Hence, making CUET an entrance test for all. University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman M Jagadesh Kumar on Friday said the government is exploring the possibility of merging the National Engineering and Medical Entrance Test (JEE and NEET) with the existing Common University Entrance Test (CUET).
All to note that CUET was launched this year for undergraduate admissions in 90 universities including 45 central universities and officials said that 1.05 million students applied for CUET, making it the second largest exam after NEET, Which received 1.8 million applications. While the UGC chairman said that the National Policy on Education (NEP) 2020 also envisages “one nation, one admission” and will reduce the burden of students appearing in multiple entrance examinations for higher education.
The UGC chairperson further said the government was looking at introducing the integrated entrance exam at the earliest, preferably by next year, “we have three major entrance examinations, that is NEET, JEE (Main) and CUET and a large number of students appearing for these entrances are common. And all these examinations are conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Therefore, we are thinking why not use CUET scores alone for admission to multiple disciplines”.
He also mentioned that, “NEET requires biology, physics and chemistry, JEE requires mathematics, physics and chemistry. All these subjects are already in CUET. Therefore, it won’t be an issue for medical and engineering colleges to use CUET scores for admission.” The union ministry of education and UGC have started the discussions to prepare the stakeholders, he mentioned.
UGC will form a committee, including experts from diverse fields, to look at the present forms of entrance exams, and the UGC chairperson said, “the committee will work on preparing recommendations for an integrated entrance exam. These recommendations will then be shared with the stakeholders for consultation and feedback and based on that the ministry and UGC will decide the modalities of the exam. A lot of planning has to be done.”