No CET for regular undergraduate courses, tough road for admissions

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Even though there has been a 9% increase in the percentage of passing grade students in upper secondary school (HSC), for 2020-21, the Maharashtra Department of Education has decided not to organize Common Entrance Test (CET) for any non-professional undergraduate course.

State Minister of Higher and Technical Education Uday Samant announced on Wednesday that there would be no CET this year for UG’s regular courses at college and university levels.

Admissions for UG courses in Arts, Sciences and Commerce will therefore be based on the results of class 12. While Samant clarified that colleges will be allowed to increase the number of seats, the decision not to organize a CET means the best colleges in Pune, as well as the rest of the state, will likely have higher thresholds compared to last year, leading to more competition among students for admission.

The minister also specified that the CET will be organized for other professional training by the CET cell of the State. Samant was speaking at a press conference in Pune after a joint meeting with all senior education department officials and non-agricultural vice chancellors.

This year, more than 1.3 million students have passed Class 12, while places available for various non-professional courses at 11 state universities stand at 1,211,620. “There is a huge gap in the number of students and places available in various courses, including vocational and non-vocational courses. It is still not possible to perform CET for full professors of arts, sciences and commerce due to the time period. To discuss this, we held a joint meeting with all the rectors and it was decided not to organize a TEC for the regular courses of the MU. Admissions would be done on the results of class 12. And if a university or college wants to increase the number of places, it can apply to the education department until August 31, ”Samant said.

Up to 99.63% of the 1.31 million students were admitted to HSC (class 12), the results of which were reported on Tuesday by the Maharashtra State Council for Secondary and Higher Education (MSBSHSE ). In the absence of an exam due to the Covid, the jury used an evaluation formula, resulting in an increase in the pass rate of 8.97% compared to 2020.

In Pune Division, the passing percentage for grade 12 students this year is 99.75%.

According to education department officials, there are several steps involved in planning for CET exams, which typically take four months. “Currently we have Covid restrictions in the state and in such a situation it will not be possible to conduct one more exam for non-professional courses for the department,” Samant said.

For professional courses, CET exams will start from August 26, although a detailed schedule will not be announced until after speaking to the relevant authorities. There will be no CET exams for courses that did not have any last year as well. “The CET exams for professional courses will be conducted online, although students must go to a center to present themselves,” Samant said, adding “We plan to increase the number of CET exam centers for this year” .


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