NEET, a common medical entrance test inseminated an idea in the mind of Prakash Javadekar for a common engineering test. So, on the lines National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar proposed to conduct a common test pan India for admission in engineering colleges. This was seen coming for months now as we had reported back in October last year.
AICTE was bestowed the responsibility to oversee the matter earlier in January and the Council finally gave it’s nod to hold this common entrance. This national level test will be conducted on the same pattern as NEET and will help in resolving concerns of students.
A meeting is to be held of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) later this month. The ministry said that holding a common test for all the government and private engineering institutions will help in bringing transparency in the admission process as well as ensure the quality of education by keeping a tap on the institutes.
At present, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts Joint Entrance Examination – JEE mains – for admissions in engineering colleges. The top ranking students from this exam are then eligible to sit for JEE advanced for admission in IIT’s. After approval of common entrance test, students who will qualify it, will be eligible to sit for JEE advanced for admission in IITs.
“If there is a single entrance examination for all Engineering Colleges, government is sure to bring in some kind of parameters for the colleges that will be covered under the window. This is sure to bring in better quality to engineering education,” a professor from Delhi Technological University said.
After consultation from AICTE, if the new exam pattern is adopted, students will not be required to appear for state common tests CETs. Also, Students appearing in 2018 will now have to prepare for only one common test to be eligible for admission in engineering institutes.
The approach regarding this common test has been affixed in accordance to other common tests aiming to provide uniformity as well as equal opportunity to quality education. A government official stated that the aim is to make the process more transparent, standardised, and free of corruption and commercialisation. Further, keeping in view the linguistic diversity of our country the common test will be conducted in different languages. Also, it has been planned that the test will be conducted several times a year.
AICTE, which is a statutory body and a national level council for technical education, has come up with several regulations which shall be implemented once it is approved by the ministry in next meeting. The regulations under AICTE shall be mandated upon all the 3,300 engineering universities in India. Any University or a college refusing to adhere to these mandates shall lose its affinity to AICTE.
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