The 14 proposed Innovation Universities, aiming to attain world-class standards, will set new benchmarks in higher education be it in academics or autonomy.
The HRD ministry’s concept note said admissions to undergraduate classes in these universities — to be established through public-private partnership — will be open to students from all over the world and will be done through one of the four methods adopted by institutions worldwide. The ministry prefers a two-stage testing process. The first will be a screening process involving a standardised aptitude test in broad areas of higher learning such as physical sciences, social sciences, humanities, languages, life sciences etc where tests will gauge cognitive and analytic abilities. In the second stage, candidates will have to go through an examination that measures knowledge through essay type questions. Tests will be conducted in all state capitals and major cities of the world.
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