The education ministry will also decide on the fate of the Central University Common Entrance Test (CUCET) after CBSE announces the evaluation scheme for the Class XII board. Due to the rise in Covid-19 cases in April, the April and May editions of JEE (Main) were postponed and the registration of NEET-UG which was scheduled to begin from May 1 was put on hold. According to a senior education ministry official, “The situation will be assessed in a review meeting next week. Considering the current situation, NEET-UG is likely to be postponed. After the cancellation of Class XII exams, experts expressed concern over the challenges faced by universities in normalizing the expected disparities in school level assessments across the country as well as differences in results prepared by school boards. has been
According to educationist Mita Sengupta, “Universities should not rely solely on school scores. An examination, viva or interview, may include applications seeking more information about the student’s achievements and awards, merit and difficulties that may be given.” Special marks scored may be included.For this year, colleges may offer online admissions only, after an examination to convert into full admissions when the situation improves and regular classes begin or the first semester of students subject to passing.
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Before the second wave of COVID-19, UGC submitted its report on CUCET to MoE. However, according to a UGC source, “Whether CUCET will be implemented from the 2021-22 academic session, as was done earlier, will depend on what kind of evaluation scheme CBSE has for Class XII board.” will announce.”
Universities are fine with a delayed academic calendar if it means conducting entrance exams when the situation returns to normal, instead of admitting them on the basis of class XII results.
JNU vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar said: “The decision on Class XII exams is rational as the safety of students is of paramount importance. In most higher educational institutions, admission to undergraduate programs is through an entrance exam. We will conduct entrance test whenever it is safe and admission will be at a later date than usual, we will definitely adjust our academic calendar to take care of lost time without compromising on academic rigor. In HEIs where undergraduate admissions are on the basis of class 12th marks, universities may devise appropriate procedures for admission which are fair and transparent.”
The agreement has Visva Bharati vice-chancellor Vidyut Chakraborty who said: “The current situation is not conducive for centre-based entrance examinations. I suggest to delay admission till we can conduct entrance test or allow agencies like NTA to conduct online test so that candidates can take test from home. ”
Private universities like Amity, Noida which used to give direct admission to those who scored high in class XII board are also reworking their norms. According to Amity University Chancellor Atul Chauhan, “Cancellation of Class XII examination will not affect our admission process much. We give weightage to class X performance as well as other achievements and personal interview before making any offer. We used to offer direct admission to those candidates who had scored 80% and above in their class XII examination. However, admissions are not happening purely on the basis of results this time and we will decide on the new parameters once the result is declared.
Calling for complete reform of undergraduate admissions, former CBSE chairman Ashok Ganguly said: “The time has come to completely revise the undergraduate admissions. It should no longer be based on a system of elimination rather than a system of entry. Some quality marks (say 50%) should be allotted for class X and XII performance and rest we should develop some criteria so that only genuine students who have aptitude and attitude can come into the system.”
Pointing out that this is the second year when we are facing the issue of conducting board exams or not, Tamil Nadu Central University, Tiruvarur Vice-Chancellor R Karapaga Kumaravel said that a permanent solution is needed regardless of the pandemic. .
Batting for innovative formative and periodic assessment, he said: “We are facing issues as we are following a year-end terminal examination for class 12 students. from time to time, we may not face such an issue.”
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