The Jammu University Entrance Test which has been envisioned to make the admission process effective was recently revised and the new mode of test adopted by the varsity has raised eyebrows. Ahead of its conduct on June 25, the new mode is mustering questions and criticism from aspirants as well as experts. The test is for admission to various post graduate and undergraduate courses.
Under the new system, the university would conduct JUET only to screen the candidates for admissions and successful candidates of JUET would be admitted further solely on the basis of the ‘academic merit’ in their qualifying examinations. Only 25 percent weightage will be given to the marks obtained in the entrance test while the academic merit of the qualifying examination would be 75 per cent in the admission procedure.
Previously the entrance examination conducted by the University was subject based with a common paper for all applicants of the same stream. The merit too, was calculated out of 100 marks with 70 per cent weightage to the marks obtained in the entrance exam while the academic merit would constitute only 30 per cent. The entrance test was introduced to conduct a separate subject based entrance for each course as before 2011, admissions were purely made on the basis of the academic merit.
The new mode of entrance exam has disappointed the students as well as the experts. A University aspirant expressed that it has come as a shock to her that the entrance test is now merely a screening test and admissions will be conducted purely on the basis of academic merit. Either the entrance test should be abolished or should be made effective enough for a less complicated admission procedure, she added. Another aspirant said that it could hit hard all the students who fail to manage score well in the three year degree programs, particularly the students with rural background.
A university professor also said that with this new mode, the admission process is back to square one. “This is not why the entrance test procedure was introduced. The change was done to ensure a better improvised, student friendly system but the revision in the mode of examination has surely disappointed the applicants. There was a need to simplify the previous non friendly, time consuming and complicated admission procedure and that is why in 2011, the entrance exam process was introduced,” he added.
However, the Dean of the Academic Affairs said that any complaint with the new system will be reviewed and considered. “The university has always strived to take measures for the welfare of students,” she added.
Inputs from The Tribune