The Himachal Pradesh government has decided to give more powers to its Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission so that it can improve the standards of higher education in the state and introduce a common admission test for students pursuing management and other courses.
Private universities in the state have recently come under attack by critics who have alleged that they are merely real estate businesses for developers to buy land up to 500 bighas at prime locations,particularly in Solan.
At a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Thursday,Chairperson of the Regulatory Commission,Sarojni Ganju Thakur,apprised the government aboutof steps taken by it in the last few months to streamline the functioning of private institutions.
The government will consider a proposal to increase accreditation time from the existing three years to five years. The Himachal Pradesh University will be designated as the competent authority to conduct Common Management Admission Tests (CMAT) to different private education institutions, said Dhumal. It will be made mandatory for a BTech engineering entrant to take the AIEEE from 2013-14,while the minimum educational qualification for a BTech entrant in 2012-13 will be Class XII,with a minimum of 55 percent marks.
Dhumal said the CMAT will be mandatory for admission to management programmes from 2013-14. The HPMAT will cater to these management courses in 2012-13. The admission to pharmacy or any other course will be through the Common Entrance Test conducted by private universities.