On a meeting with Health Ministry officials, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry discussed to determine if like the NEET, a single and common nationwide entrance test is possible for admission to the Engineering courses. The meeting was held on 3rd July 2017.
NEET-UG or the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test conducted by the Health Ministry nationwide for admission to medical courses like MBBS and BDS. It has been discussed earlier that whether test akin to NEET is possible. In 2013 also, there was a talk on having a Common Engineering Entrance Exam . This was proposed by Council of IITs
Kapil Sibal, the Human Resource Development Minister, said that the central government will make a decision only after consulting with every state government. The government will move forward with a single, nationwide entrance test for admission to the engineering courses only after consensus arrives at an issue.
A Senior HRD official said that according to the officials of the health ministry, a minimum academic standard is maintained by every student, who gets admission in the college after a single entrance exam.
Talking about the benefits an official said that there is no purchase of seats in any course and a merit is maintained in all the colleges. Also, because of a single entrance exam, students get many benefits. They only need to focus on one test. They don’t have to spend extra money on the entrance fee or on traveling to various places for taking the exam.
Also, the seats allocated for the management quota are determined through a state level counseling process. The students in the top 50 percentile of the NEET exam can apply for admission in a course in the medical/dental college.
Right now, for admission in the engineering colleges, Different Engineering entrance tests are conducted by different states. The idea of conducting a single, common, nationwide entrance test for admission to engineering courses was brought up for the first time in 2012.
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