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Pan-India admission test for postgraduate medical, dental courses, to be held on Feb 2015

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Updated: Nov 11, 2014, 12.21 PM IST

BENGALURU: Some big names from the private sector in Indian higher education have come together to offer a new pan-India test for admissions to postgraduate medical and dental courses. They hope this would reduce the burden on students who presently appear for a long list of entrance exams.

Uni-GAUGE is projected as the Indian version of the Graduate Record Examinations, in which the score obtained by students would determine their admissions. The first Uni-GAUGE for postgraduate medicamedical and dental courses, which would be an online test, is scheduled to be held on February 15, 2015

Scores from this exam could be used by private and deemed universities for admissions. "We've been working on this for two years. With the number of private and deemed universities increasing, it has become almost impossible for students to write each entrance exam. Universities that join us won't conduct their own tests.Students can get their scores and apply for admissions," said MR Jayaram, chairperson of the Gokula Education Foundation that runs the MS Ramaiah group of institutes.

Jayaram is also a co-promoter of ERA Foundation, which has come up with the test. The foundation comprises VIT University Chancellor G Viswanathan and Manav Rachna University Chancellor Prashant Bhalla. Jayaram said about 30 of universities are expected to join the UniGAUGE testing platform.

A PG medical seat aspirant from Bengaluru said she wrote nine entrance exams a year ago. "Seven deemed universities in Karnataka offer their own entrance tests, but I didn't appear for any because of the widespread perception that there are discrepancies in their admission processes," she said. Apart from tests conducted by deemed universities, students commonly write the CET, COMEDK, AIPGMEE, DNB, AIIMS, JIPMER, NIMHANS and PGI Chandigarh for PG medical seats.

"Our exam is only for universities and institutions that accept the UniGAUGE scores," Jayaram clarified.In 3-5 years, the foundation wants to have a similar test for engineering, law, pharmacy and other disciplines.

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