|Selection for NDT based on GCE A and aptitude
test Moratuwa Varsity
The selection of students to the National Diploma in Technology programme (NDT) at the University of Moratuwa continues to be based on GCE A level performances together with a test on general aptitude for Technology, the Moratuwa University said yesterday.
Selection to NDT course is done by the Institute of Technology University of Moratuwa (ITUM) in consultation with the university and with the concurrence of the UGC. Students who have passed three subjects in one sitting in the last three examinations (1999 or 2000 or 2001) are eligible to apply for selection. Students were selected through a test conducted by the university till 1999. While the Board of Studies was deliberating on the type of aptitude test to be conducted, the Senate as a temporary measure agreed for the selection to be on the GCE A level aggregate or average marks only for the years 2000/2001. Furthermore, as GCE A level (2001) students do not have aggregate marks, the criteria adopted in 2000 and 2001 is not possible in 2002.
The new selection criteria based on the GCE A level performance and on a test on general aptitude for technology has been proposed by a committee appointed by the Board of Studies of ITUM. The test will not test the knowledge on specific technological subjects. This proposal was discussed and recommended by the Board of Studies which consists of student representatives similar to Faculty Boards.
Thereafter, the proposal was approved by the Board of Management and was referred to the Senate and Council of the University to be submitted to the UGC for its concurrence as required by the ITUM ordinance.
In the selection of students to some of the degree courses at the University of Moratuwa, aptitude tests have been in existence at the university since 1974. At present there are five such aptitude tests for entry to various degree programmes of study at the University of Moratuwa.
Furthermore, educationists and employers feel that along with GCE (A/L) performances, aptitude for a particular discipline should also be considered necessary for selection of students for higher education, especially in Technological Education, the University said.
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