Maharashtra Government has recently made a big move related to the admission process for medical and engineering courses in the State. From now onwards, all the engineering admissions would be done on the basis of a single common entrance test and not through the Joint Entrance Test organized by CBSE. State Higher and Technical Education Minister Vinod Tawde announced that the State will not participate in the national-level joint entrance test (JEE-Main) for admissions in the next academic year. Mr Tawde said the event that he will recommend the move to the Directorate of Technial Education as the authority regulates engineering admissions in the State.
Supporting the decision, Minister said, “This will reduce burden on students, as they will not have to study Class 11 and 12 syllabus, as required for the JEE. Further, JEE is held just two weeks after the Class 12 state board exams, so students do not get enough time to prepare and coaching classes have taken advantage of this to make money.” He said, this decision has been taken to reduce the burden of multiple tests on students.
Till the year 2013, all the admissions in the engineering colleges of the State were done on the basis of Maharashtra Common Entrance Test – MHCET, and hence government was comfortable taking this decision. From next academic session, no weightage will be given to Class 12 marks and admissions would be done solely on the basis of CET scores. The Common entrance test would be based on the state board syllabus.
Also, next year onward, Only one CET will be held for engineering and medical admissions in the state. No separate test will be taken for engineering, pharmacy or medical courses to facilitate admissions in the colleges. This decision came in contrast with as the Bombay high court allowed Minority colleges in Maharashtra to conduct their own CET, but only this year.
The decision has faced mixed reactions, some educationists are of the opinion that this will lead to the degradation in the value of board examination, while some have appreciated the move. Principal of Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, GT Thampi said, “The state needs to simplify entrance exams for medical and engineering candidates. Many states have not yet adopted the JEE (Main). The MH-CET will let students focus on Class 12 state board syllabus.”
Government has also formed a CET cell for a fair admission process which will be assisted by the Directorate of Medical Education and Research and the Directorate of Technical Education.