Single entrance test for engineering admissions like NEET unlikely from 2018

Published On 12/09/2017

Putting an to end to speculation on a possible single entrance test across the country for admissions to engineering colleges, along the lines of NEET for medical course, the chairman of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, on Friday said such a system was unlikely to be rolled out for admissions to the 2018-19 academic year.
 
On the sidelines of a programme here, the AICTE chairman said before a common examination could be introduced; the class 12 curricula of all States had to be realigned so that they are on a par with the NCERT syllabus.
 
Although the proposal for a pan-India entrance exam is before the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) since two years, it has not materialised so far.
 
One of the major reasons for the delay is that some states have not updated their syllabus for Class 10 and 12 for 10 years. If the single entrance test is mooted, students from such states won’t be able to compete with students from other states.
 
“Tamil Nadu, for example, has not updated its syllabus for both Class 10 and Class 12 from the last 10 years,” say AICTE authorities.
 
The 2018-19  academic year will be grace period for states to update the syllabus as discussions are going on to introduce the single exam from 2019-20. Confirming this, AICTE chairman Dr Anil Sahasrabudhe said, “Talks are going on with the CBSE to take up the responsibility of conducting the entrance test and it will be finalised soon.”
 
According to Sahasrabudhe, the introduction of a single entrance test will help improve the quality of technical education. “In the present system, candidates who have secured 35% to 40% in the entrance exams are getting admissions to under graduate engineering courses. But once the single entrance test is introduced, there will be competition at national level,” he said.
 
Discussions are being held on converting the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) conducted for admissions to Indian Institutes of Technology into a single entrance test. When asked, the AICTE chairman did not rule out the option and said, “Nothing is final. Discussions are going on and there is a possibility of JEE becoming a single entrance test.”
 

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