CUET UG: Common Counselling Platform for Central Universities Likely to Launch Next Year
In a move similar to the admission process in medical and engineering courses, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to introduce a common counselling procedure for undergraduate courses in Central Universities starting next year. This new procedure aims to simplify and synchronize the admissions process for students.
Under the upcoming system, students will have the convenience of using a single portal to select multiple institutions instead of filling out their choices separately as they do now. This will enable the central universities to align their academic sessions efficiently. UGC chairperson, M Jagadesh Kumar, explained that the implementation of common counselling for all central university undergraduate admissions will provide students with a single window for admissions, making the process more user-friendly and reducing the problem of unfilled seats.
While acknowledging the multiple advantages of this system, the chairperson emphasized that its implementation might take some time due to the various central universities and the diverse range of programs they offer. Nevertheless, the UGC believes that the introduction of the common CUET-UG counselling will streamline the admission procedure in the long run and minimize delays.
The Ministry of Education (MoE) introduced the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) to facilitate admissions into all undergraduate programs across Central Universities. The primary goal of CUET is to promote equal academic opportunities for applicants from all parts of the country, especially those from rural and remote areas. This initiative also seeks to foster better connections between students and various Central Universities.
Under the new system, candidates can now apply to multiple Central Universities by taking just one exam, ensuring a fair and standardized admission process. The results for this year's CUET-UG were declared on July 15.
The development of the common counselling portal is still underway, and the UGC promises to provide further information as soon as possible. A group consisting of representatives from some central universities will oversee the counselling procedure to ensure its smooth implementation. Once launched, the admission process in central universities is expected to become more streamlined, benefiting both the students and the admission department.