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Policy tweak cheer for students
Entry test switch fills CUB seats

Switching from the Central Universities Common Entrance Test (Cucet) to the Central University of Bihar Entrance Test (Cubet) has helped the Central University of Bihar (CUB) fill up more seats in many courses as compared to previous years.

This year, the CUB administration replaced the combined entrance test of central universities, Cucet, with its own Cubet, held in May for admission to 16 postgraduate, four undergraduate and six MPhil-PhD programmes.

Sources said seats in all four undergraduate programme running from the Gaya campus has been filled up. All 40 seats in the BA-LLB and BA-BEd courses have been filled up. Similarly, BSc-LLB and BSc-BEd programmes with an intake capacity of 26 have been filled too.

Explaining the trend, CUB registrar Mohammed Nehal said: “Under the Central Universities Common Entrance Test (Cucet), the merit list was prepared by the organising university but each student had options to pursue a particular course from either of three central universities.”

“As for example, a student clearing Cucet could apply to study environment science at a maximum of three central universities. But he/she took admission in only one university, while the seats in the other two remained vacant. However, under Cubet, a student has to apply for one university. The entrance test conducted by CUB had more examination centres in Bihar than previous years,” added Nehal, elaborating the advantage for the university.

Apart from Cubet, good placement records of passouts and organising the first convocation last year helped the university attract students. As the new CUB academic session started on Monday, a large number of students were on the campus.

Avinita, an undergraduate passout from Patna Women’s College who had taken admission in MSc (mathematics) said: “Studying at a central university is different from doing the same at state universities. Though CUB is new, it will grow faster than other state universities.”

The four undergraduate programmes, launched by the CUB administration last year, drew good response from students.

However, the biggest beneficiaries of the Cubet were the masters programmes, which earlier struggled to find enough students. Courses such as Masters in English, political science, statistics, which had intake of 20 students till last year were able to fill less than 50 per cent of seats.

This year, despite an increase in total intake of 26 seats in each course, more than 50 per cent of seats have been filled.

Though the CUB administration is preparing the list of the final number of students who have taken admission this year, sources said in master programmes in English and political science & international relations, around 15 students have taken admission in both subjects this year. In 2013, less than five students had taken admission, and in 2012, only three students had taken admission in English, while in political science and international relations the students intake was zero.

In science subjects such as MSc in life science, MSc in biotechnology, MSc in environment science, all seats have been filled up.

The total seats in these subjects are 26 each. The science subjects at CUB have always been the students’ first choice as previous year too, more than 70 per cent seats in these subjects were filled.


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