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New Education Policy proposes Common Entrance exams for higher educational institutes

As per the New Education Policy (NEP), the National Testing Agency (NTA) will be charged extra for conducting the entrance exams across the country. Currently, NTA conducts various engineering and medical entrance exams such as JEE Main, NEET, JNUEE, DUET, UGC NET, etc.

The policy states that the entrance exam conducted by the NTA will be considered optional. The council is proposing a new system of exam similar to the standardized aptitude test (SAT) conducted in the United States of America. The policy also comes up with an exit exam scheme in the bachelor’s program.

The reintroduction of the exit exam into the 4-year bachelor program induces a significant change in the undergraduate examination. The three-year programs such as BA, BSc and BVoc degrees comes under the four-year bachelor program and exit exam is scheduled a year later. Similarly, the exit exam is scheduled two years later for the diploma programs.

The ministry document states that “The 4-year programme may also lead to a degree ‘with Research’ if the student completes a rigorous research project in their major area(s) of study…”

As the New Policy predominates the entire higher education, it will take over the University Grants Commission and the All India Council For Technical Education. This will function as a single regulator called the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). HECI will be having “four independent verticals” which takes care the functions of regulation, funding, accreditation and setting standards for learning outcomes.

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