The previously proposed single entrance examination for admission to all the engineering colleges across the country is not likely to begin in the academic year 2018-2019. One of the main reasons for the postponement is that few states have not updated their syllabus for class 10 and 12 for ten years. In this case, if common entrance exam is conducted, students coming from such states could not compete with students from other states.
Putting an end to conjecture, the chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Anil Sahasrabudhe said, the single entrance examination was unlikely to be rolled out for admission to 2018-2019 academic year. He also added, “Talks are going on with the CBSE to take up the responsibility of conducting the entrance test, and it will be finalized soon.”
Dr Anil Sahasrabudhe said the 2018-2019 year would be an extra time for states to update the syllabus so that to introduce the single exam from the 2019-2020 year. Most of the states demanded a single entrance exam for all the engineering courses while states like West Bengal are opposing it, AICTE officials said. Discussions are also being held on converting Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) conducted for admission to Indian Institutes of Technology in to a common entrance test.
Medical and dental colleges too had followed a similar system until the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) was made the only common entrance exam for across the country. According to Sahasrabudhe, the single entrance test will improve the quality of technical education. At present, candidates who secured 35% to 40% in the entrance examination are getting admissions to under graduate courses. With the introduction of single entrance test, there will be competition at national level.