Is conducting a Common Entrance Test (CET) for PG courses a good idea?
Amidst protests by students opposing the Common Entrance Test (CET) 2013, the Government has gone ahead and formulated a plan according to which, students graduating in 2013 and onwards will need to appear for a CET to take admissions to PG courses in state universities.
A similar uproar was experienced by the medical students of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government College and by KAP Viswanathan Government Medical College along with the members of the Tiruchi chapter of the Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association (TNGDA) to oppose the Central government's Proposal to introduce the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), a nationwide Common Test for entry into Postgraduate Medical Courses.
According to the new dictate, the CET committee has proposed to give 50% weightage to CET scores allowing varsities decide on the remaining 50% of the scores. In addition, the CET Committee has proposed the universities to conduct interviews or written examinations, award points based on the performance of the students at graduation level.
Admission Procedure through CET 2013:
- Merit list will be published based on the CET score
- Applications to various universities in their preferred subject based on the score
- Universities may prepare a list depending on the CET rank
- The students will also need to clear the university's own selection process
An official from Higher Education Council said "All students who will be graduating in 2013 will have to appear in CET in June. The PG starting from August onwards, will be filled by students who clear the CET. Later a merit list will be published based on the CET Scores."
"Then students can apply to various universities in their preferred subject based on the score. The universities may also prepare a list depending on the CET rank. They will have to clear the university's own selection process", he added.
In this turn of events, we are yet to see whether the government stands by its decision or gives way to the student’s demands.