Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Sastra University Vice-Chancellor R. Sethuraman on Saturday sought a nationwide common entrance examination for admission to professional and technical programmes.

In a letter to UGC Chairman Sukhadeo Thorat, Prof. Sethuraman said the Programme of Action, 1992, under the National Policy on Education, 1986 envisaged a nationwide common entrance examination. Nearly two decades had passed, but no progress was made. Various committees had recommended the establishment of a national testing facility, but this was also not done.

The committees had recommended that the government set up a national testing service, independent of the secondary boards. The examination should be conducted every year on the patterns of GRE/SAT. Based on the marks in these examinations, students could be admitted to institutions and branch of their choice, without the institutions conducting a separate test.

A national testing facility, he said, would help to weed out corruption and favouritism in admission and avoid multiplicity of examinations.