Mahatma Gandhi University is seriously considering holding a common entrance test for admission to the specialised courses offered by its affiliated institutions. University authorities say the initiative will be implemented in a phased manner.Despite opposition from a section of private managements, they are confident of implementing it, as admissions to the M.Ed. programme this year were based on a common entrance test, which has been appreciated by the P.A. Mohammed Committee on fee structure in private professional colleges. Admissions to 10 institutions offering the programmes were made through the test.Next in line is the MSW programme, the authorities say. Seventeen colleges offer the programme under the university. From the next academic year, the university hopes to conduct the entrance test for admissions to life-science courses. This will govern admissions in nearly 20 colleges.A directive by the university says admissions to both merit and reservation seats will be made from the entrance list. So far, each management used to hold an entrance examination and group discussion for admissions.