Digital India is going to another level now. Andhra Pradesh government has decided that from now on, all Common Entrance Test (CET) will be conducted online from next year. The same is being taken into consideration for the intermediate and SSC examinations too.
The tests that will not be held online are Physical Education Common Entrance Test (PECET), EAMCET, Integrated Common Entrance Test (ICET), Education Common Entrance Test (EDCET), Engineering Common Entrance Test (ECET), Post Graduate Engineering Common Entrance Test (PGECET), Law Common Entrance Test (LAWCET), Post Graduate Law Common Entrance Test (PGLCET).
The HRD minister Ganta Srinivas Rao said in a meeting that as India is turning digital, it is very important to conduct all the examinations in the online format. As all the examinations that are conducted online by the Centre, this makes it important for the State to conduct all the examinations online now. The meeting was held with AP State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE). A committee will also be formed that will be responsible for conducting the examinations online.
Ganta Srinivas Rao said, “ Since all the major entrance examinations in the country are being conducted online we have also decided to adopt the same mode. This is also part of national digitalisation programme. The decision was taken after consulting with all the officials of the APSCHE.”
He further added, “The government is even planning to conduct SSC and Intermediate examinations online from next year. Officials of school education and board of intermediate are working on it.”
All the students who are willing to take admission into Medical Colleges will have to appear for NEET- UG. This is because the State has decided to join the league with NEET.
The government has also set aside a budget of Rs. 190 crore for the purpose of improving the infrastructure of all the universities. Srinivas Rao said, “We want our universities to have top quality infrastructure. This will help in improving the standard of education in universities in the state. To pay tributes to former President and missile man late APJ Abdul Kalam, the state government has decided to present ‘Pratibha puraskar’ to outstanding students of the state on October 15 (Kalam’s birth anniversary) every year.”