Shimla/October 16 (NG News)
Himachal government has notified admission criteria admission criteria, restoring minimum qualification of 60 percent for admission into professional and non-professional courses run by private universities for 2015-16 session.
As per the notification issued by the Principal Secretary, Higher Education, now the admissions would be made on the basis of national common entrance test and in absence of any common test in any course, private universities would have to conduct their own entrance tests.
The notification has been sent to all 16 private universities of the state and the basic qualification for admission to technical and professional courses of private varsities, would be 10 plus two with minimum 60 per cent marks in the qualifying examination.
A relaxation of five percent would be provided to students belonging to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates.
Earlier, the private universities had opposed the move saying that they were not given time to implement criteria of minimum 60 percent marks and the last-minute change in criteria would harm the interests of the institutions as well as that of students.
The state government had initially refused to relax norms but later one-time relaxation was given with the condition of no further relaxation/exemption in the prescribed criteria of All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and HP Act, 2008.