Entrance test will be once again introduced, for the academic year 2017, in Berhampur University, for students who want to pursue post graduation there. In order to maintain transparency, the University also directed the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to conduct the admission process online.
A senior university official informed that the decisions were approved by the vice-chancellor of the University on Monday. "While transparency will be maintained in an online admission process conducted by an outside agency, we can only select bright students through an entrance test," said University Vice-Chancellor Rajendra Prasad Das.
"The decisions were taken in view of the University Grants Commission (UGC) stressing on the need to conduct entrance tests to select students for admission to the post-graduate department," he said. The entrance exams were phased out by the University in 2012.
"We can't say why the process was stopped. Now we are in the process to reintroduce the entrance test," said Post-graduate council Chairman Jayaram Pradhan.
The University will issue an admission notice following which aspirants will be required to apply online with the required documents, Pradhan added. Earlier, the aspirants used to download the application forms from the university website and apply manually along with documents.