Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has decided to move ahead with its decision to conduct their admission tests through Common Universities Entrance Test CUET, from the 2022-23 session onwards. According to JNU’s decision making committee, CUET will provide a level playing ground for meritorious students across the country and will also reduce the hazards of conducting several entrance examinations for admission to its various courses.
Vice Chancellor of JNU, Mr Jagadesh Kumar confirmed the decision of the Academic Council in a tweet further informing that the National Testing Agency (NTA) will be conducting it. JNUEE has been conducted at the university since 2019 to admit students to its various programmes, in collaboration with NTA in a CBT mode.
Jayant Tripathi, the Director of Admission states that there won’t be a large difference between JNUEE and CUET and students don’t need to be apprehensive. Tripathi mentions further that CUET will follow the path of GATE and JEE. “Earlier, students used to apply to universities within their neighborhood and vicinity. But with the marks of CUET even JNU and DU maybe within their reach. The exam will give students the opportunity to dream big”, Tripathi stated.
An insider states that the concept of ‘CUET’ is not a new one. It was adapted in 2012 when certain central universities agreed to conduct it. 14 central universities had been conducting it until last year for admitting students in their universities, however from the next academic session; all 45 central universities will mandatorily have to conduct it for UG and PG examinations.
CUET will also be beneficial for the poorer sections of the society who instead of paying for several universities can apply through one portal and can secure seats in several universities and save money. “Since the government already has reservations in place for students from the Economically Weaker Sections, (EWS), the same rules may be implemented for CUET, which is a national level exam. The central universities admission will have merit based ranks, saving the hassle of multiple exams.”
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