4 min read.Updated: 21 Apr 2022, 01:13 AM ISTRajeev Parashar,Parul Gupta
This common entrance test has its benefits but also poses educational risks that will need mitigation
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Arecent announcement by UGC Chairman M. Jagadesh Kumar makes it mandatory for all 45 central universities to admit students to undergraduate programmes based on their scores on a Common University Entrance Test (CUET), starting from the upcoming academic year 2022-23. As of now, some state and private universities (including Ambedkar University of Delhi and Tata Institute of Social Sciences) have said they will accept CUET scores for undergraduate admissions from this year. The CUET is a computer-based test with multiple-choice questions which purportedly aims to impart objectivity to the admissions system in higher education institutes, reduce the burden on students and end their anxiety over soaring cut-offs that in recent years have touched 100% at institutes such as Delhi University. Despite its reformist claims, the CUET announcement has drawn mixed reactions from education experts, even as the National Testing Agency puts together the machinery to conduct the test this July, tentatively.
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