RGU ready for entrance exams

RONO HILLS, May 16: With 1796 combined seats in PhD, MPhil, postgraduate and undergraduate courses and PG diploma and certificate programmes, ranging from conventional to technical and professional ones, Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) here is keeping no stone unturned to conduct the RGUMPET-2019 and the RGUCET-2019 at five designated centres.
The centres identified for the RGUCET-2019 are at the university’s campus here, besides at the Cotton University in Guwahati (Assam), Jawaharlal Nehru College in Pasighat, Indira Gandhi Government College in Tezu and the government college in Bomdila, from 15 to 21 June.
The candidates can select any of these examination centres.
The RGUMPET-2019 for admissions to a total of 99 vacant PhD and 96 MPhil seats in 21 departments will be conducted in the RGU campus only, and is scheduled on 11 and 12 June.
Briefing on the progress of the modalities for online admission, RGU Joint Registrar (Academic) Dr David Pertin said the university has opted for offering online admission, “pursuant to a decision taken in the last academic council meeting of the university under the leadership of Vice Chancellor Prof Saket Kushwaha.”
Dr Pertin informed that the online admission portal of RGU was made live on 9 May.
“Till Thursday evening, more than 2000 candidates had registered and applied for different courses on offer, which is very encouraging and speaks volumes about RGU’s popularity in this part of the country,” he said.
Dr Pertin also informed that candidates who are appearing in the final semester/year examination of any qualifying degree are eligible to apply and sit for the RGUMPET and the RGUCET-2019.
“They can apply without giving the details of the qualifying examinations in the educational qualification section of the online admission form. However, their admissions on selection through entrance shall be confirmed only after scrutiny of the original documents and the results of their respective qualifying examinations,” Dr Pertin said.
One may visit the university’s website, www.rgu.ac.in, and its live portal, https://rgucet2019.in, for further details.
Meanwhile, the university is introducing MA programmes in defence and strategic studies under its newly-opened department of national security studies and MA in tribal studies through its Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies, with 16 seats each.
This year, RGU has joined the rest of the central universities in India by adopting the Centre’s directive to create 10 percent seats over and above the actual total seats in each programme exclusively for candidates belonging to the economically weaker section category in diploma, bachelors and postgraduate level courses.
PhD and MPhil will not come under this purview.
The university is also planning to earmark a supernumerary seat for foreign nationals in each PG-level programme.
The online application submission, which started on 9 May, will culminate on 8 June for the RGUCET-2019, while for RGUMPET-2019 the last date has been fixed for 24 May for online application submission.
Selection through entrance in all departments, including physical tests, personal interviews and group discussions in departments like physical education, mass communication and management, and the final admissions will be completed latest by 2 August.
Prof Kushwaha, who expressed confidence in the preparedness of the university’s new venture on exclusively going online for admission and entrance for all courses, said “RGU is striving to be among the top performing universities of the nation.”
Registrar (in-charge) Prof Tomo Riba said RGU being ranked among the top 100 universities in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework of the MHRD “has all the potentialities despite its locational remoteness and bottlenecks.”
Dr Pertin informed that, for the successful conduct of the entrance exams, a six-member technical committee, headed by Prof Utpal Bhattacharjee from the CSE department, and a 12-member central coordination committee for common entrance tests, with Prof Sushanta Kumar Nayak of the economics department, have been constituted, and that the two committees have held a series of meetings held so far, covering all the technicalities and practical issues.