From Our Correspondent
NEW DELHI : A group of 11 private universities --
some of them deemed universities -- have decided to pick
students for admission from an examination to be
conducted by a Bangalore-based private agency, ERA
The students from the test result will be picked for the
undergraduate run by these private institutions
including medical, engineering and dental science
Modelled on SAT and GRE the Uni-Gauge EMeD exam will
be held in 60 cities. Calcutta will have several exam
centres and there will be some in other parts of the
state. The test will be held on April 26 -- online --
and the results will be declared online on April 29.
At present each of these participating university used
to hold its own admission test leading to multiplicity
of tests and increasing financial burden on the
students. Single common test will ease students' load.
The only catch is that there are few -- just a couple of
institutions in the group -- that students would aspire
The participating universities include MS Ramaiah
University of Applied Sciences, Bangalore; Vellore
Institute of Technology and JSS
Like SAT and GRE each aspirant will be awarded a
score and the participating universities will pick
their students from the merit list prepared by firm.
VIT admission test between April 8 & 19
HYDERABAD : Application deadline for the Vellore
Institute of Technology Engineering Entrance Examination
(VITEEE) has been postponed to March 15, officials of
VIT administration who were in the city said here on
Institute founder and chancellor G. Viswanathan told a
press conference that nearly 6,000 students of the
29,000 enrolled at the university, and about 37,000
students of over one lakh students who took the entrance
exam last year, hailed from undivided Andhra Pradesh.
He hoped that the number would increase this year from
the bifurcated Telugu States. This year, computer-based
VITEEE is being held between April 8 and 19 across 112
Recounting the university’s founding, Dr. Viswanathan, a
two-time parliamentarian and former Union Minister, said
higher education in the country has come a long way but
a lot still needs to be done.
He stressed increased government spending for higher
education, commensurate with importance given to school
education. When asked about seats not being filled in
private engineering colleges, he blamed quality and
infrastructure in many private colleges, besides placing
the onus on governments.
Officials informed that a maximum annual pay of Rs.16
lakh was offered last year at VIT.
Telangana Eamcet on May 14, notice on Feb 25
From Our Correspondent
HYDERABAD : Telangana State has announced to hold
its first Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common
Entrance Test (EAMCET) on May 14, online applications
for which will be accepted between February 28 and April
9. The notification for the Eamcet will be issued on
According to a rough estimate about 2.5 lakh
aspirants will appear for the exam this year with 70,000
of them being from Andhra Pradesh. Andhra students who
wish to take up the exam, will have to come to TS for
the exam as TS has not, so far, created any exam centre in
No changes have been made in the pattern of the
Eamcet this year. For normalisation, officials said the
AP Board of Intermediate Education will be treated on
par with other Boards of the country, like the CBSE.
Fees for the exam can be paid through select private
banks in addition to the TS and AP Mee Seva centres as
well as TS and AP Online centres. Students will have to
obtain at least 25 per cent of the total 160 marks to
qualify for ranking.
JNTU officiating Vice-Chancellor, Sailaja Ramaiyer,
TSCHE Chairman, Papi Reddy and EAMCET-2015 Convenor, N.V.
Ramana Rao told reporters on February 20 that they would
consider positively if the AP Government requests
centres in their State for the convenience of their
“We will honour the 85:15 per cent formula in the
admission process and AP students will lose nothing,”
Prof. Reddy said.
Andhra Pradesh government hasn't announced its strategy
yet but it is almost obvious that AP will quietly accept
the fait accompli and go in for its own Eamcet
for which it has already made ample arrangements.
Third-party mediation efforts by the
Governor having failed, the Andhra Pradesh government
has been considering to hold its own EAMCET.
AP government, which had been threatening to move
court if the Telangana government refuses to accept its
authority over EAMCET, hasn't taken a step so far giving
clear indications that Andhra will go its own way.
Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor, E.S.L. Narasimhan
had, on December 30, and then on January 3, specifically
told the education ministers of the two newly formed states
that they should strictly adhere to the A.P.
Reorganisation Act in matter of Eamcet this year.
However Telangana chief minister took a
different stand and gone to the extent of ousting the APSCHE office from its present location.
On January 3 Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts
University (JNAFAU) served a formal notice to the APSCHE
to vacate the building that the APSCHE had been
occupying on the JNAFAU campus.
The bone of contention are the top colleges and their
numerous seats which will go exclusively to Telangana
students now. The government and students of AP were promised that
their interests would not be harmed as the AP
Reorganisation Act promised common admissions and quotas
for 10 years after bifurcation.
All the top colleges in engineering, medical,
management etc. are located in Hyderabad. The toppers in
Eamcet and Icet prefer colleges like the Osmania University
colleges and JNTU-Kukatpally affiliated private colleges like CBIT, MGIT, Vasavi, Mathrusri, Sri Nidhi, Guru-nanak,
Gokaraju Rangaraju, BVRIT, VNR Vignana Jyothi etc.,
located in and around Hyderabad.
Similarly, medical toppers vie for seats in the city’s
Osmania Medical College and Gandhi Medical College and
the nearly 20 private medical colleges.
Though the TS government is willing to offer 15 per cent
seats in the open quota in all colleges to Seemandhra
students it will be open to TS students also.
Interestingly, both the state governments are taking
shelter under the same Act -- AP Reorganisation Act.
While APSCHE chairman Prof. L. Venugopal Reddy says that
the decision to hold a common Eamcet was taken after
taking the legal opinion of the AP advocate-general,
TSCHE chairman Prof. Papi Reddy claims that Chief
Minister KCR had approved separate CETs for Telangana
and an announcement is expected soon.
The APSCHE has already announced that it will hold the Eamcet on May
10, Ecet on May 14, Icet on May 16, Edcet on May 28 and
Lawcet on May 30.
According to the plan worked out by the two states in
early December last year, each
of them was to hold its own Eamcet and the students in the
two states were to be given an option to take the exam of
either state or appear for both.
The admissions, according to the plan, were to be common
and students of each state could claim admission in the 15
per cent open quota in both the states irrespective of
which Eamcet they opt for.
As for the Intermediate exam, there will be no
sharing and each state board will
hold its own Intermediate exam for students under its
own territorial jurisdiction.
Each state has promised to ensure that there is a gap of
atleast a week between the two Eamcets.
"The accord reached between the two states ends months
of confusion," AP education minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao
said on December 21 adding that the dates for the exam
would be announced in the next two or three days.
The promised announcement has not come so far.
Lucknow's Lohia law varsity to hold CLAT 2015
LUCKNOW : The Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law
University has decided to hold the Common L aw Admission
Test - 2015 (CLAT) online. The filling of forms will
start from January 1, 2015 and the exam will be held on
May 2, a Sunday, vice-chancellor Gurdip Singh said on
With this decision, taken during a meeting of the CLAT
core committee on Saturday, the admission process has
become completely online, from the filling of forms
right up to the final fee submission.
A major highlight of the meeting was that despite
several demands for hiking the CLAT fee, it was
unanimously decided that the amount should remain the
The number of participating universities was 15 till
last year, but now, with the inclusion of Damodaran
Sanjeevaiya National Law University in Andhra Prasdesh,
it has gone up to 16.
Earlier, a meeting of the vice-chancellors of National
Law Universities of India on September 30 led to a major
change in the existing MoU, which until then had
provided that CLAT was to be conducted every year in
rotation by the seven older national law universities.
These were National Law School of India University in
Bengaluru, NALSAR University of Law in Hyderabad,
National Law I nstitute University, Bhopal, West Bengal
National University of Juridical Sciences based in
Kolkata, National Law University in Jodhpur,
Hidayatullah National Law University in Raipur and
Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar.
Other universities were finally permitted to conduct the
CLAT after a serious push by Lohia law varsity V-C
Gurdip Singh, who has now been entrusted to conduct the
test next year. Convenor of the 2014 test, Gujarat
National Law University director Bimal N Patel has
handed the charge to Singh.
GATE to go the JEE way, have 2-tier exam
: The National Co-ordination Board (NCB) of the Graduate
Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) has proposed a two-tier test for
admission to the M.Tech programme run by the Indian Institutes of
Technology and the IISc, Bangalore. The test will, like the new JEE,
have a screening test followed by the main admission test.
According to a newspaper report the new pattern is being adopted
to cope up with the massive increase in the number of aspirants in
the past five years — from 1.8 lakh in 2008 to more than 10 lakh
The National Co-ordination Board (NCB), which conducts the test each
year, comprises the directors of the seven older IITs and the
Bangalore-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc).
The screening exam, planned to be entrusted to a private agency,
will be more like an aptitude test. The final test, to be conducted
by the IITs and IISc, will assess the domain (subject) knowledge of
the students, said The Telegraph report quoting an IIT
“The NCB has written to all IITs to get the views of the faculty on
the two-tier GATE proposal and outsource the screening test to a
private firm,” the director added.
Each of the seven IITs last week issued circulars to the heads of
departments asking them to give their views after speaking to the
The move assumes significance against the backdrop of recent changes
brought to the IIT-JEE examination. For admission to BTech courses
in the IITs from next year, aspirants will have to appear in the JEE-Main,
to be conducted by the CBSE. If they clear this, they will have to
take the JEE-Advanced, to be held by the IITs.
But a faculty member from IIT Kharagpur said he and his colleagues
would oppose the plan to enlist a private firm for GATE, said the
“Private companies have no stake in promoting merit in admission in
the IITs except monetary gains. We will oppose this proposal to take
away a part of the exam from the IITs.”
Not everyone seemed to back the view, though. Former IIT Kanpur
director S.G. Dhande justified the move, saying changes were
required to ensure better quality in the test.
“Is the existing GATE really assessing the eligibility of a student
for research? The present objective-type test is focussed on subject
knowledge. We need to test the orientation and aptitude of students
for research,” Dhande said.
The screening test may have questions on reasoning, basic science
and language to gauge the general competence of students, while the
final exam could test domain knowledge.
Dhande suggested the screening test be held online and several times
But IIT Faculty Federation president K. Narasimhan indicated the
last word was not out on the proposed change and that it would be
discussed at several forums before being given final shape.
“The federation has not taken any view on the proposal yet. Let us
see what the faculty members from each institute are saying,” the
IIT Bombay teacher said.
Dheeraj Sanghi, of IIT Kanpur, appeared to favour the new system
saying GATE was gradually becoming a burden on the IITs because of
the increase in the number of aspirants.
“I think it is a good move. A private firm (Prometric) has been
conducting the Common Admission Test (CAT) for IIMs the past few
years. The GATE examination similarly can be handled by a private
firm,” he said.