Pune, 5th June 2021: This year 12th exams have been cancelled in the backdrop of the Coronavirus disease (COVID19) pandemic. Therefore, for the first time, a Common Entrance Test (CET) may be conducted this year for admission to traditional courses Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) and Bachelor of Science (BSc), hinted State Higher Education Minister Uday Samant.
He was speaking to media persons today at the College of Engineering Pune (COEP). The minister also informed that the CET for admission to technical courses will be held by the end of July or the first week of August.
“The CET is conducted every year for admission to technical courses. A meeting was held yesterday regarding CET. It was decided that the CET for admission to engineering, pharmacy and other professional courses would be held by the end of July or the first week of August. Also, the examination centres for CET will be doubled this year”, Samant said.
Speaking about the academic year, he said that as a precautionary measure to deal with the third wave of the COVID pandemic, all lectures and practical sessions will be held online.
On the question of how the admission process for BA, BCom, BSc will be done this year, he informed, “There are plans to take the CET for them. A committee has been appointed for this. The decision on CET will be taken after the results of Class XII are announced.”
He clarified that if a decision is taken for the CET, it will be taken without any charge as students have already paid the examination fees for the class 12th (HSC) exams.
A divisional office for Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) will be starting soon in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. Also, the second campus of COEP will come up in Chikhali. COEP will be given the status of State Institute of Technology status which will be comparable to IITs, Samant said.