Chennai: With the growing concern among engineering aspirants about the multiplicity of entrance tests in deemed universities and shelling out thousands of rupees for an application fee, students have urged the Centre to do away with individual entrance tests for deemed universities and admit students using the Joint Entrance Exam-Main for selection.
There are over 100 deemed universities in the country of which about 20 are in Tamil Nadu.
K. Suresh, an engineering aspirant said that deemed universities had started to sell application forms for their entrance examination and each application form cost from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000.
“Even if I write the entrance exam for five deemed universities I need to pay Rs 5,000 just as application fee. If I don’t succeed in getting a seat I lose most of the money. So why do deemed universities not take JEE-Main as their selection criteria and admit students?” he asked.
Adding to his views, T. Vishal, another student, said that the union HRD ministry should look at the US model of the Scholastic Aptitude Test on the basis of which students are admitted, based on the rank they score in the test.
Asked for his comments, Prof. S. Vaidyasubramaniam, dean (planning and development) at Sastra university, one of the most reputed deemed universities in the country, says that JEE (Main) along with a certain weightage for Inter marks as a single engineering admission mechanism for all deemed universities would certainly be a good step forward in realizing the National Educational Policy dream of a single test mechanism.
“If more states agree to this, it will certainly be an antidote to the capitation fee menace and a huge relief for parents in terms of the financial burden and a cure for the torturous multiple-entrance syndrome,” he said.