AICTE to conduct single engineering entrance exam twice next year
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) will be conducting a single engineering entrance examination called National Entrance Examination for Technical Institutions (NEETI) numerous times in a year. All the aspirants will be able to appear in those multiple exams and the best score among the lot will be considered for admission. This information was received through sources in the Joint Director of Technical Education's office.
The news was confirmed by the Chairman of AICTE, Anil Sahasrabudhe who told a leading newspaper that the entrance exam will be held at least twice starting next year. He said, "Multiple means any number of times, and it could be even three to four times in a year. But it could be held only after required infrastructure is in place."
National Entrance Examination for Technical Institutions (NEETI) will go on floor 2018 onwards and all the other engineering entrance exams for colleges across the country will be invalid. He also said that only Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) will carry on for admission into Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
Since the agency that would conduct the exam is yet not finalized, the dates of the exam are not marked either. Currently, CBSE conducts JEE - Main and JEE - Advanced among National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) and the previous All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE).
In the Union Budget that took place in February, Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, had announced that a National Testing Service, NTS, would be established to conduct these national entrance exams across India. AICTE Chairman said, "We're yet to finalize the testing agency, so exam dates couldn't be fixed at the moment. But we're in the process to finalize soon."
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The Ministry of Human Resource Development directed that a single entrance exam for engineering will be conducted going forward to which AICTE obliged after consideration. The entrance exam will be conducted under the AICTE Act which makes it compulsory for all the states to conduct the exam.
2017 will be the last year that MHT-CET will be conducted since NEETI will be conducted going forward. MHT-CET will be conducted on 11 May, 2017 this year. Earlier the Maharashtra government adopted JEE however faced backlash from students and parents alike post which they reverted to MHT-CET.