Manipal University has decided to hold a common entrance test (CET) in Dubai this academic year. This would be the first time for a South India-based university to conduct the CET abroad.
"Dubai will be the first overseas exam centre to be introduced this year. This will enable students from nearby countries to take the exams, instead of coming to India," said GK Prabhu, registrar, Manipal University.
The online entrance test would also be conducted in 30 cities across India. The counselling for the same will be held in Bangalore, Jaipur, Manipal, and Sikkim. "Seat allotments will be based on the marks secured in the Manipal University Online Entrance Test, 2012," he said. Twelve new courses will be introduced. "That takes the total number of courses in the University up to 338 in 15 streams," Prabhu said.
Manipal University has also tied up with National Geographic Channel to provide an opportunity to teenagers.
"It will be a nation-wide talent hunt in which over 2.5 lakh students from 350 schools in six cities will take part," said Narayana Sabhahit, director (admissions), Manipal University.Four winners will be chosen and each would get a cash prize of '15 lakh. Besides, they would also feature in a series on Nat Geo. The initiative, titled Teenovator, is aimed at stimulating the intellect of the young minds and bridging the gap between theory and practice.
The competition will reach out to students between classes IX and XII after a selection procedure.