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One engineering test plan – Common entrance examination proposal from 2018, Tamil Nadu objects

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The Telegraph | January 24 , 2017  |  Basant Kumar Mohanty |

New Delhi, Jan. 23: The government wants all engineering colleges and private and deemed universities to admit their BTech students through the Joint Entrance Examination Main from 2018. Many states now conduct their own exams for admission to engineering colleges within their territory. Most private and deemed universities too hold their own engineering entrance tests. The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), the technical education regulator, may soon make the JEE Main binding on the country’s 4,000 engineering colleges. Higher education regulator University Grants Commission may introduce a similar rule for private and deemed universities.

 If the plan is approved, the JEE Main will be conducted by a new testing agency, to be set up this year and likely to be announced in the budget next week. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) now conducts the exam, which is taken by nearly 13 lakh students. The test is likely to be held online, and in several regional languages with the rural students in mind. However, the IITs are likely to be allowed to continue admitting students on the basis of their JEE Advanced scores, sources said. The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research too may go on selecting their engineering students through the JEE Advanced and the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana exam. When the AICTE discussed the matter at a general council meeting earlier this month, Tamil Nadu had objected saying it should not be forced to drop its current admission system, based on Class XII board results. The AICTE will consult all the states before a decision.

Sources in the AICTE and the Union human resource development ministry told The Telegraph the meeting had also discussed giving a certain weightage to Class XII board results so that the students didn’t neglect school. The volume of the weightage is yet to be decided. A few members have suggested the test be held twice a year so that students get a chance to improve their score, either to secure admission or to switch to a preferred course. “The school board syllabuses should also be made near-uniform to create a level playing field. The syllabuses of many boards now lag behind that of the CBSE,” said Ajay Kumar Roy, member of the AICTE council and director of the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur. All the engineering colleges will be asked to see that at least 90 per cent of their students take the IIT-conducted Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) from 2018 for a standard assessment of their proficiency. The students will be expected to sit the test around the time they graduate but the exam will not be made compulsory. Currently, only those seeking scholarships for MTech take the exam. The government hopes that if most students begin to appear in GATE, the exam will gain enough importance to start influencing job recruitments and selection for higher education seats. In 2012, too, the human resource development ministry had proposed a single entrance test for all engineering colleges but some deemed universities protested, sinking the plan. Such a system is already in place for undergraduate medical courses, where all admissions will from next year depend on a single all-India exam, the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test. – Courtesy


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