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Common admission process for Central Universities under scrutiny


The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has enacted a working group of Vice-Chancellors of seven of India’s top Central Universities to draft guidelines for common admission, curriculum and a national system of credit transfer.

The same group will also analyze the issue of student and faculty mobility.

The working group has been instructed to submit its report with a month. The Vice-Chancellors in the group include those of Delhi University, Central Universities of Gujarat, Kerala and Jharkhand, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Pondicherry University and Tripura University.

The decision to enact this working group was taken at a retreat of Vice-Chancellors of Central Universities in Chandigarh on Friday and Saturday.

Smriti Irani, the Union HRD Minister, chaired the meeting. She instructed all Central Universities to complete their accreditation or reaccreditation processes with the National Assessment and Accreditation Council within the time frame suggested by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

The Council would be advised to come up with more regional centers so as to speed-up the whole accreditation process.

To carry forward the vision of creating a national ranking system that would embrace certain Indian realities such as reservation etc., another working group has been set up. The Council of Industry Higher Education Collaboration is currently being operationalized to come up with suitable initiatives to mobilise and promote resources for developing market-ready manpower. If implemented successfully, this could lead to reduction of unemployment throughout the country.

The move could also help to control the migration to the bigger metros in search of better career opportunities. The National e-Library first announced by the President in his address to the Parliament’s joint session was also discussed. Scheduled to be operational by 2015, the e-Library will be aimed at providing quality content in digital form to all citizens across the country