National Education Policy 2020: Additional Charge to NTA to Conduct Common Entrance Exam for Higher Educational Institute

Durgesh Rai Durgesh Rai
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New National Education Policy has provided an additional charge to NTA as the body to conduct entrance examinations for universities across the country.

Previously, NTA used to conduct the All-India Joint Engineering Entrance exam – JEE Main and All-India National Eligibility cum Entrance Test – NEET for medical aspirants.

Additionally, NTA also used to conduct University entrance exams such as JNUEE, UGC NET, ICAR AIEEA, DUET, etc.

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With the implementation of the new NEP, the testing body has been granted additional charge for conducting entrance exams for universities.

According to the NEP 2020, the entrance exam to be conducted by the NTA for candidates seeking admission to universities and colleges will be optional.

Furthermore, the NEP has also introduced changes in the format of undergraduate education with the reintroduction of the 4-year multidisciplinary UG programme with multiple exit options.

As per the new NEP, the traditional 3-Year undergraduate degree programmes will continue while under the 4-year programme students can exit after one year with a Diploma, after two years with an Advanced Diploma and a Bachelor’s degree after three years. 

Moreover, the 4th Year of the 4-Year degree programme may also lead to a degree ‘with Research’ as per NEP 2020 if the student completes a rigorous research project in their major area(s) of study.

Single Regulator for Higher Education

Among the changes brought in the NEP 2020, one of the major changes is that it mentions the formation of a single overarching regulator for the entire higher education. 

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With the implementation of this policy, the existing University Grants Commission and the All India Council For Technical Education will be replaced by the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) which will act as a single regulator for higher education.

The new regulator for higher education will comprise 4 independent verticals executing the functions of accreditation, regulation, funding and setting standards for learning outcomes.

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