A committee set up by the UGC last year under the leadership of Pondicherry University Vice Chancellor Prof. J.A.K. Tareen after examining the admission process and fee structure in the institutes which were under UGC's lens to acquire the deemed status suggested that a common entrance test for admissions must be conducted in all the deemed universities.
With both the UGC and HRD's review committee, a committee set up by the minister S.K. Sibal to study the functioning of all the deemed universities in the country, accepting to the reforms suggested by the UGC's committee, UGC has issued directives to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to conduct admissions in the deemed universities on the basis of an entrance exam while the admission fees should be regulated according to the proposal setup by the fee fixation panels.
"Admissions and high fees are two major accusations against the deemed universities. At least for medical and engineering programmes, the UGC committee is in favor of conducting an all-India based entrance exam for admissions while the deemed universities can conduct their entrance exams individually. The basic idea is to increase the transparency in the admission process," said an official.
However, adding on to his comment he also cited that, "It has been recommended that the fees should be pre-determined either by a national- or a state-level fee fixation committee."
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