Karnataka: Common engineering entrance exam in private universities unlikely this year | Bengaluru News – Times of India
BENGALURU: A common entrance examination for engineering courses in private varsities in the state is unlikely this year. Several private universities have announced their own entrance exams for the upcoming academic year.
The higher education department had called a preliminary meeting with representatives of private universities in January to discuss a common entrance examination. However, private universities said there was no further discussion.
“We told them that while NEP suggests a similar single test and may be implemented soon, there’s no reason for us to change the status quo for this year,” said Jawahar D, pro VC, PES University.
Dept yet to decide on single entrance test
Also, there have been no complaints about any entrance test we have been conducting over the past seven years,” said Jawahar D. He said while universities in other states conduct their entrance tests, institutions in Karnataka will be at a disadvantage. “We’ll be happy to have a single entrance exam like NEET for engineering, but all institutions should be in it,” he said.
Janardhan R, pro vicechancellor, Dayanand Sagar University, said: “We have not heard from the government again about a single entrance test. The advantage of having our own test is that we can increase diversity on campus as students from various parts appear for it.”
The admission overseeing committee, headed by Justice B Manohar, had recommended a single admission test as students are put to hardship, having to cough up application fees and take multiple entrance tests.
The department of higher education said there’s no decision yet. “There has been no progress ,” said Pradeep P, commissioner, department of technical and collegiate education. An aspirant can end up writing tests including Joint Entrance Exam, Common Entrance Test, Comed-K UGET and separate tests conducted by Karnataka Linguistic and Religious Minorities Professional Colleges Association, and Association of Minority Professional Collegesof Karnataka.