Private universities in the state have agreed to carry out admissions to various management, computer and information technology courses for the 2012-13 academic session on the basis of the common entrance tests conducted by Himachal Pradesh University (HPU).

The sub-committee of Vice-Chancellors of private universities set up to consider the possibility of bringing admissions to these courses under the purview of the entrance conducted by HPU has come out with this positive recommendation.

The State Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission has already taken up the matter with HPU and a final decision will be taken on the matter shortly.

It will help both the private universities and the HPU as a higher number of candidates will make the conduct of the test more economical.

HPU is already conducting the test for institutions affiliated to it. For the 2013-14 session, the admission to management courses will be carried out on the basis on the national test (CMAT) for which the universities will be required to notify the essential requirements on their websites well in advance.

The private universities, which have agreed to admit students to various B.Tech-level engineering courses on the basis of AIEEE only from the 2013-14 session, are not keen to adopt this new measure from the ensuing academic session on the plea that the students in the state lacked awareness, but this is not true.

Admission to all the colleges affiliated to the HPU is being carried out on the basis of the national test for the past several years. Admission to these colleges, before they became constituents of private universities, was carried out only on the basis of AIEEE.