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New Delhi: The minister for human resource development Kapil Sibal, who oversees education, has mooted a Common Entrance Test (CET) for the new central universities to be set up under the Eleventh Plan.

The CET is being planned to enable common counseling and avoid multiple tests for students.

The 12 central universities are coming up in the states of Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim and Tamil Nadu. Three state universities that have been upgraded to central universities are located in Chattisgarh, Uttrakhand and Madhya Pradesh.

These universities are being set up to focus on high quality research and to design academic courses to create employment within the state. The HRD minister is also said to be encouraging them to enter into academic collaborations with foreign universities to exchange faculty and students.

The new central universities have also been asked to develop different courses. “Essentially, different universities specializing in different courses will encourage students to come to a particular university which will come to be associated with a particular course," the minister said.

Sibal also said that the university campuses would be green-friendly.

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