Indian government approves single entrance exam for architecture and engineering
The Government of India has accepted the plan for a single entrance exam that will be conducted for engineering and architecture colleges. This proposal will take effect from 2018 onwards similar to NEET (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test) that was launched in 2016. The HRD Ministry has requested the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to issue a fitting regulation for the proposal to be put into action from the academic year 2018-19. This is just to make sure that the testing process is standardised. This test is intended to be conducted for numerous times a year but it won’t apply for students who look for admissions in IITs as they will continue to conduct their own entrance examination. It aims to bring consistency in academic standards and also intends to decrease the cases of admissions through donations. Sources from AICTE say that the test was to be conducted in several different languages similar to NEET, which will be conducted in 10 different languages this year.
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A senior official from HRD (Human Resource Development) says that the admission process for IITs will remain the same and it will conduct JEE (advanced). Students who clear JEE (mains) exam can appear for JEE (advanced) exam. There are roughly over 2 lakh students who qualify to appear for JEE (advanced) examination.
The ministry of HRD has asked all state governments and the deemed universities to communicate their suggestions that will help in smooth implementation of the regulation. It might also be helpful to request many institutions to come under a joint seat allocation system that can result in a well-organized process for seat allocation.
Currently, many states hold their own engineering examination and the admissions are done based on the candidate’s marks obtained in Class 12. Engineering colleges in five states uses these marks obtained in JEE (mains) for the admission process. There are more than 3,000 engineering colleges in 27 states from India. Most of the colleges are from Tamil Nadu, which has 527 colleges followed by Maharashtra with 372 colleges, Andhra Pradesh (328 colleges), Uttar Pradesh (295 colleges) and Madhya Pradesh (211 colleges).
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