NEET-like entrance exams in the foresight; says Prakash Javadekar

NEET, National Eligibility and Entrance Test has been a success. And after that, it has been decided by the Centre that they will conduct one entrance test for all the streams that have entrance examination. They are planning to apply the formula of “One nation, One exam” to this.

NEET is an entrance examination for the students who want to pursue graduation in Medical Dental, or pursue Post Graduation in MS or MD from any private or government college. The examination is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education.

Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar was present for a function at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. At the function, he said, “The ‘One Nation, One Exam’ formula aims at replacing entrance tests for different courses across India with a single exam for each stream.”

He further added, “There is a proposal for a new bill with regards to IIMs to give more autonomy to these institutes in line with the IITs and NITs. The IIMs would have more power and would be able to offer graduate and postgraduate degrees to their students. Currently, IIMs cannot do so as these are registered as societies,”

He has also called a meeting of Chairman and Directors of all the IIMs in Shillong. In the meeting, he will be reviewing all the functions of the institute. He would also want to know about the appointment of the faculty in IIM and also about the reservation process. He said, “The expansion of education is almost done. Today, from KG (kindergarten) to PG (post-graduate) level, there are 27 crore students. Now the main objective is improvement in its quality.”

He is planning to visit each and every institute to discuss with the faculties and the teachers as to what can be done to improve the education system. It is on the basis of the response that is received from the faculties and teachers, the central government can come up with a plan for the institutes. As of now, there is no specific time frame for this. But the draft of the educational policy will be prepared and would be presented in front of the Cabinet only after consulting the required authorities.

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