Despite stiff opposition from the Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs), the government is preparing to launch a single, unified entrance test for all engineering colleges across the country, revealed a new report.
However, the final decision on the single entrance exam for engineering admissions will be taken by the Human Resource and Development (HRD) Ministry of the next government. According to sources, the HRD ministry is planning to bring forth a pan-India aptitude test for engineering aspirants to secure admission in engineering colleges across the country. Apparently, the unified entrance examination, if approved, will be designed in the same line as the all India medical entrance test.
“To give students more time for preparation instead losing time travelling around the country to sit in the many entrance exams, the government is mulling on the several options received from experts,” said a senior official of the ministry of HRD, the DNA reports “Single common entrance test is one of the options. If the proposal of single entrance exam is accepted then there will no need for the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) or for state level engineering entrance exams,” the official added.
Sources inside the ministry, however, clarified that the final call on the matter will be taken by the next government. “The next HRD minister will consult all stakeholders including the IITs to arrive at a consensus on the issue. It will be a big challenge for him or her,” the official said.
At present, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) for IITs, NITs, IIITs and many other centrally-funded engineering and technical schools besides institutes funded by partaking state governments. Apart from the JEE, there are a number of other entrance examinations held by states that have not yet joined the JEE bandwagon.