The Maharashtra state government has stated that from the year 2016 it will conduct its own Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MH-CET) instead of using Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) scores for Engineering admissions.
The state was conducting its own CET for undergraduate engineering courses admission till the year 2013 and from April 2014 JEE (Main) was considered.
Vinod Tawde, State higher and technical education minister said to HT that “Maharashtra will not participate in the national-level JEE (Main). This will reduce burden on students, as they will not have to study Class 11 and 12 syllabus, as required for the JEE. Further, JEE is held just two weeks after the Class 12 state board exams, so students do not get enough time to prepare and coaching classes have taken advantage of this to make money.”
For admission to engineering colleges in the state, Class 12 marks of the candidates will also be considered along with the MH-CET scores.
“The state needs to simplify entrance exams for medical and engineering candidates. Many states have not yet adopted the JEE (Main). The MH-CET will let students focus on Class 12 state board syllabus,” said GT Thampi, principal, Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, Bandra.
Last week, it was also announced that MH CET for medical college admissions will be based on the state board syllabus, which was earlier based on the syllabus of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).