General University Entrance test (CUET), which was started for admission to universities and especially colleges that are part of central universities, is now expanding its scope.
According to experts, CUET may soon receive the same recognition as exams such as NEET and JEE. It already has 45 central universities, while discussions are under way with more than 30 public and private universities.
Minority institutions such as the Militia of Islam Mosque and the Oligarch Muslim University have also recognized CUET.
CUET is given an important place in the new education policies and steps are being taken at various levels.
Recently, the University Grants Commission (UGC) also discussed CUET with public universities in three important non-BJP states – West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
According to the UGC, the dialogue has been very positive.
In addition to these three states, UGC has also discussed the topic with several others, including Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Sikkim, Jharkhand and Bihar.
UGC Chairman Professor M. Jagadesh Kumar himself discussed the topic of CUET with the Vice-Chancellors of various state-level universities.
Not only state-level universities, but organizations such as Tata University of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and Gurukul Kangri, Haridwar, have also expressed interest in being part of CUET during discussions with the UGC.
CUET was designed for admission to undergraduate (UG) courses at 45 central universities. However, the Union Education The ministry wants to make this a nationwide process of enrolling in UG courses. To this end, UGC contacts all public and private universities and minority educational institutions.
Originally Central Universities General Entrance test (CUCET) was conducted for admission to UG courses at 14 central universities. However, the now newly introduced CUET format is very different from the old system.
Previously, the exam was only in English. But now it will be held in 13 languages, these are English, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Bengali, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Odia, Gujarati, Tamil, Punjabi and Urdu.
According to the outstanding educator C. S. Kandpal, in such a situation, students will not only have the opportunity to take an exam in their native language, but also middle-aged Hindi students will not fall victim to discrimination because of the English language.
To include more students and universities in this process, the deadline for completing the UGC registration process has also been extended from 6 to 22 May.
From 2023, CUET will be held twice a year, and probably from next year this process will include postgraduate studies.
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