All state universities will have a common syllabus for all courses from the 2011-12 academic session. This was decided by the state higher education minister RD Tripathi in a review meeting held on Wednesday. The minister gave the green signal to the recommendation of Sehgal committee that met on June 30. The common syllabus will be prepared for 63 courses.
Tripathi said, "I hope that board of studies of all universities will accept the minimum common proposal and update the syllabus till July 15 so that the same can be implemented from this academic session.''
In another significant step, Tripathi also gave the nod for conducting a common entrance test for admission to PhD programmes in the universities. This has been done keeping in view the University Grants Commission's efforts to increase quality of research work in the universities. However, Lucknow University, Meerut University, Gorakhpur University and Kashi Vidyapeeth have been exempted from the common test this year as they have already conducted their PhD entrance. These universities will participate in the test from next year. In all other state universities, which are yet to made changes in their ordinances, a common entrance test will be conducted. Faizabad University has been made the nodal centre for organizing the common test.
Tripathi also pointed out lack of laboratories in government degree colleges. He directed higher education officials to immediately make financial arrangements for the required equipment in the labs.
Expressing displeasure over the absence of registrars of Gorkahpur University and Sampooranand University in the review meeting, Tripathi directed officials to take action against them. The meeting was attended by higher education secretary, special secretaries and director.