A welcome decision on CUET 2023
Solving the problems and addressing the genuine concerns of the students community shows the government’s resolve to help the youth to achieve their dreams and touch the sky.
This spirit was displayed by the administration when it announced that the students, who could not appear in the recently held Common University Entrance Test (CUET) 2023 due to allotment of examination centres in distant towns and cities, shall be given an opportunity to take admission in subjects and colleges of their choice.
Notably, the CUET, as per the NEP 2020, is a standardized entrance test conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) that aims to streamline the admission process for undergraduate and postgraduate courses being offered by Universities across the country.
The test assesses the knowledge, aptitude and skills of the applicants, providing a fair and equitable evaluation platform for all the candidates. Last year, more than 200 universities (including 47 central universities) participated in the CUET.
The CUET will for sure provide an opportunity to the students from J&K to take admission in prestigious Universities and Colleges of the country. The Higher Education Department of J&K has took strenuous efforts for implementation of Common University Entrance Test (CUET) for the academic session 2023, following the guidelines outlined in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, and Government’s commitment to inclusivity.
Importantly, a total of 87309 (Eighty-seven thousand three hundred nine) unique candidates were registered from the UT of Jammu and Kashmir for the CUET (UG) 2023. The examination centres were randomly allocated based on availability of requisite infrastructure within the geographical boundaries of J&K and the exam dates were announced by the National Testing Agency. However, some students were allotted centres outside the UT of J&K.
This led to some confusion among the students and as such the administration requested the NTA to defer the CUET (UG) examination for the students of J&K and implemented a centre reallocation process exclusively for J&K students and issued new dates for conducting the examination. Still some students missed out on the exams as some of them were offered centres outside J&K which was not feasible for them.
Since this issue concerned the future of the students community, the administration assured that sufficient opportunity would be given to such candidates for admission in the under graduate programmes in various Degree Colleges of the UT based on their merit in the 12th class examination.
This move has come as a major relief for the student’s community as their precious time was saved from getting wasted owing to their non-eligibility for admission under the CUET scheme.
The administration’s timely intervention has meant that students can still opt out for various courses of their choice and despite not appearing in the CUET exam their plans to continue with their formal education will not be hampered.