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.
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