The Ministry of HRD is considering a proposal to have all Engineering colleges ( IITs, NITS, State engineering colleges and deemed universities) admit their students through the ONE SINGLE Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Main and common counselling.Last year on the behest of Supreme Court, Admission to medical and dental courses is governed by a common exam – National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). The Supreme Court had ruled that all medical and dental colleges and deemed universities must admit students through the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, allowing certain exemptions only for this year.
The Government is looking at a proposal to have all the engineering institutions admit students through the JEE Main
CBSE conducts the JEE Main, which now regulates admission to the National Institutes of Technology, the Indian Institutes of Information Technology and state-level engineering colleges in places such as Haryana and Gujarat. The JEE Main also functions as a screening test for the JEE Advanced, which governs admissions to the Indian Institutes of Technology.Currently, JEE Main-based admission to national-level institutes is done through a national-level process of common counselling. If and when all the institutions start admitting students through the JEE Main, separate state-level common counselling processes will have to be held.
As of today, more than 100 entrance tests are being conducted at the state/institution levels for admission to over 4,000 engineering colleges in India, The Ministry of HRD feels that a single entrance test and common counselling will bring relief to lakhs of aspiring engineers.
Most of India’s 123 deemed universities now admit students through their own entrance tests and counselling processes.