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Private test to act as gateway to 11 varsities

4 th March 2015,Kolkata.

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A private agency will conduct an entrance test across India for admission to undergraduate medical, engineering and dental science courses offered by 11 private and deemed universities in various parts of the country.

Modelled on SAT and GRE – the standardised tests on the basis of which many US universities admit students – the Uni-GAUGE EMeD exam will be held in 60 cities. Calcutta will have several exam centres and there will be some in other parts of the state said B.N. Subramanya, the chief executive officer of ERA Foundation, which will conduct the test. The Uni-GAUGE EMeD-2015 will be conducted on April 26. The test will be held online and students will have to sit at designated centres to take the exam. The results will be declared online on April 29.

“Several reputable private and deemed universities in the country admit students through their own admission tests. This system inconvenienced students as they had to apply to the universities individually”, said Sanjay Kulkarni of the foundation. “The Uni-GAUGE EMeD will give them the opportunity to seek admissions in multiple universities through a single gateway”. The Universities that have agreed to take students through Uni-GAUGE EMeD this year are M.S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bangalore; Vellore Institute of Technology; Manav Rachna international University, Faridabad; Periyar Maniammai University, Tamilnadu; Saveetha University, Chennai; Karpagam University, Coimbatore; JSS University, Mysore; Reva University, Bangalore; KL University, Guntur; Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Mahavidyalaya, Kanchipuram and Sri. Devraj Urs University of Higher Education and Research, Kolar.

Agency officials said that this was the first time a group of private and deemed universities was admitting under-graduate students through an all-India entrance test conducted by a private body. Every student appearing for the exam will be awarded a score in the same way SAT and GRE examinees are given one, Kulkarni said. The universities will consider the Uni-GAUGE EMeD score as one of the main eligibility criteria for admitting students to MBBS, B-Tech and BDS Courses. “We will fill 45 percent of our seats in our B-Tech and BDS courses through the Uni-GAUGE EMeD this time. Till last year we filled 45 percent seats through our own admission test,” Prasanna Kumar the director of M S Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, told Metro from Bangalore. The foundation has engaged an IT company to help them conduct the online test. More Universities are like to get covered next year, Kulkarni said.

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