New Delhi: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwath Narayan, said that the idea to make Common Entrance Test (CET) performance as the criteria for admission to Bachelor of Science (BSc) course has been dropped. Narayan, who is also Minister of Higher Education, held a meeting with Vice-Chancellors with regard to academic activities. His office clarified that the idea to make CET marks as the parameter for admission to B.Sc has been dropped. Earlier, it was said that due to the cancellation of the 2nd PUC examination, the department of higher education had been mulling to make CET marks as the basis for admission to the B.Sc courses.
The government had decided to cancel the 2nd PUC exams this year in view of the Covid-19 situation across the country. The release added, matters related to finding ways to accommodate the number of students and the implementation of e-Office software. The universities of the state have been asked to act towards starting the undergraduate courses from the current academic year onward, Narayan said. This year, it is expected that the number of students seeking admission will increase as the 2nd PUC examination is cancelled.
The release mentioned that if the universities start a 4-year graduate courses, that will help to accommodate more students and it is also an opportunity at the right time for varsities to initiate this. Keeping in mind the calendar of events, it has been decided to dedicate ‘The Unified University College Management System’ by July 15, and to facilitate this, a trial will be conducted. The minister also directed the vice-chancellors of the universities to do all correspondence with the government only through e-Office mode and told them that it has now made a mandate to implement it.
CM Narayan also said that Vice-Chancellors have been asked to begin admission for the first-year degree courses in the first week of October as per the calendar. He said, “It was discussed in the meeting about conducting semester exams that are pending because of Covid.”