Why not an engg CET for deemed varsities?
Students and parents troubled by multiple exams, want a single test now The government should have been firm in insisting that the deemed ...
Students and parents troubled by multiple exams, want a single test now The government should have been firm in insisting that the deemed universities have a common entrance examination Naresh Nunna With the commencement of V-SAT 2013, an entrance test of Vignan Deemed University for the admissions into undergraduate engineering courses, on Monday, the series of entrance examinations of deemed universities have officially started. The online tests will last till April 20 in 22 centres across 17 towns in the State and a total of 24,000 candidates are taking the exam. In general, an MPC student of the State is likely to take six to seven entrance tests by various deemed universities, including Vignan(AP), Koneru Lakshmaiah University (AP), Manipal University (Karnataka), Amritanandamayi University (Tamil Nadu), SRM University (Tamil Nadu), VIT (Vellore)and Karunya University (Tamil Nadu), besides the national-level exams like- JEE Mains/ advanced and BIT SAT (of Birla Institute of Technology); and EAMCET, an entrance by State government to realise their engineering dreams. "The government should have been firm in mooting the idea of having a common testing mechanism to reduce the stress on students. My son has to take multiple entrance examinations and as parents, we are also feeling the heat," Udaybhaskar, a bank official, remarked. It may be recalled that a new system, ISEET, has been inpractice at the national level, instead of two exams, AITEE and IIT JEE starting 2013. Eroding its time-tested method of selecting students, the union government set for ISEET and accordingly, JEE Mains at preliminary level, is in progress. Among the 15 lakh students appearing for JEE Mains, 1.5 lakh candidates would qualify for JEE Advanced to be conducted on June 2. As many as 40-odd deemed universities were made agree to admit students for their engineering programmes using the results of JEE Main and also the Class XII Board examination results. "Some of the Deemed Universities are successfully prevailing upon the government against the common entrance test and emphatic on their own admission procedure with a single agenda of amassing money," Dr D N Reddy, former VC of JNTU and OU, told The Hans India. According to him, the tainted bureaucrats and the policy makers are playing into the hands of the 'muscled' managements for the obvious gains. Many of these universities brag of state-of-art infrastructure facilities and excellent placement records to allure the student community. But, according to the market observers, the education is not worth what parents are spending. "Just observe the conducting of entrance test of Vignan's VSAT- 2013. The website of the much-hyped deemed university furnishes no relevant information. The aspirants are unable to find old question papers uploaded to the website. The prospectus, given along with the application form, has a name-sake model paper with two questions from each section. How can we expect that the deemed university would maintain the standards?," an unhappy parent at an examination centre in Abids complained. Most of these deemed universities offer scholarships, fee waivers to rank-holders of their entrance exams and also the rank-holders of national level tests. But, most of the top ranker do not join the deemed universities, instead they knock at the doors of national institutions like NITs, IITs etc. "My daughter is in SRM- Chennai. She got 8,700 rank in SRM Engineering Entrance Examination (SRMEEE) and got a call in the first slot of counseling. But, we had to pay Rs 1.50 lakh as tuition fee per annum, besides one more lakh for her accommodation there. If the aspirant looks for prominent disciplines like ECE, CSE, the fee structure would be higher," Bharathi, mother of a student pursuing biotechnology told The Hans India. "We should have booked a seat in local leading engineering colleges like CBIT, Vasavi, instead of keeping our only daughter at a distant state," she lamented. The government should have been firm in insisting that the deemed universities have a common entrance exam, if not on the admission procedure. most of the parents suggested Parents keen on admitting their wards into institutes which strike a fine balance in giving a new thrust for research in engineering technology and improving the employable skills of the students.