DAT As Opposed To CAT For Design Aspirants Across India
There is likely to be a major change in the admission process to Design Schools in India in the next couple of years. An idea of a common entrance test for all design aspirants seeking admission to design schools can bear fruit very soon. Similar to CAT, a Design Aptitude Test (DAT) could be introduced which will make the admission process easier for all candidates who wish to pursue higher education in Design. The India Design Council (IDC), which is an autonomous body of the Government of India, is playing around with this idea for some time now. Initially DAT will be conducted only for undergraduate students which again will take another two years to come into being is the view shared by Director of National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, Mr. Pradyumna Vyas who is also a member of the IDC.
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Vyas spoke to a popular and reliable Indian newspaper and said, “We are contemplating to start Design Aptitude Test on the lines of CAT to reduce the agony of students and parents who have to fill numerous forms and give various exams for getting admissions into design schools. Students armed with DAT scores will be able to seek admissions at all reputed design institutions, in a manner similar to CAT scores and this move will greatly benefit design aspirants and their parents. We hope to implement this under the aegis of IDC in the next two years and IDC members have discussed the possibility of having DAT in several meetings. We initially plan to have the DAT for UG admissions and later may have a separate test for PG programs as well. The decision of whether private design schools wish to adopt DAT or take it as a preliminary step before testing students with their own studio tests will be left to them."
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