Common Entrance Exam for All Engineering Colleges from 2018
The Indian government is considering conducting a common entrance examination for admission to all engineering colleges, including private institutions, across the country. The common exam would be on the lines of the National Entrance cum Exit test (NEET) for medicine. A proposal submitted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to have a single exam. At present, the Central Board of Secondary Education conducts JEE-Main for admissions to the premier IITs, National Institutes of Technology, Indian Institute of Information Technology and other centrally funded institutes.
It is aimed at bringing transparency to the admission procedure, including checking the practice in some private institutions of extracting a heavy capitation fee from students. It is a welcome move. This would help reduce the confusion and would streamline the admission process. The only concern is that there are hundreds of seats that are lying vacant across the state and the country. If the criteria are made tougher, a lot of students might not be able to score well.
The HRD ministry’s decision to conduct a common entrance examination for engineering colleges comes at a time when the government has already declared setting up of a National Testing Agency, which would be a specialized body for the conduct of various kinds of tests. Officials, however, said it would be premature to say the single entrance test for engineering examinations would also be entrusted to the National Testing Agency.
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