The University Grants Commission (UGC) announced on July 18 that there will be no common entrance test for admission to central universities this year. According to the Commission, the Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) could be adopted in the academic year 2022-2023.
The UGC in a tweet mentioning the Education Minister and the Ministry of Education, stated, "In view of prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, admission process in Central Universities during Acad Session 2021-22, may continue as per past practice. Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) may be implemented from Acad Session 2022-23. "
In view of prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, admission process in Central Universities during Acad Session 2021-22, may continue as per past practice.— UGC INDIA (@ugc_india) July 18, 2021
Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) may be implemented from Acad Session 2022-23. @dpradhanbjp @EduMinOfIndia @PIBHRD
Meanwhile, on July 16, the Commission issued new academic guidelines, instructing universities to finish undergraduate and postgraduate admissions by September 30. It has also requested that universities and colleges finish their final semester or final year exams by August 30.
In the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the CUCET was proposed. According to the NEP, 2020, the Union Ministry of Education established a seven-member committee in December 2020 to develop modalities for the Central University Common Entrance Test (CUCET) for admission to undergraduate courses across central universities
"At least twice a year, the National Testing Agency (NTA) will seek to provide a high-quality common aptitude test, as well as specialised common subject exams in the sciences, humanities, languages, arts, and vocational courses," the NEP 2020 stated.