ExamsPlanner April 28th, 2017:
The Human resource development ministry has decided not to implement its earlier decision to conduct a common entrance exam for engineering in line of NEET. Last year after the successful implementation of the common entrance exam for medical, the ministry has forayed to hold the common entrance exam for engineering also from the year 2018. It has also said that there should be a common counselling method across all engineering colleges.
The All India Council Technical Education on directions from the ministry has announced that from the year 2018, there will be common entrance exam for the engineering also. But some states, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu has refused to fall in line with the decision of the ministry. The HRD ministry on the turn of the event said that for the successful implementation of the decision it is important that there should be consensus among states.So it has put on hold the implementation of the exam in the year 2018.
At present the CBSE holds JEE Mains entrance exams on national level for admission of candidates in IIT’s. But many states hold their own independent engineering entrance exams. In addition such independent exams are also conducted by many private engineering colleges or institutions which are approved by AICTE or affiliated to different Universities. There are approximately more than 3,000 such institutions and colleges which admits more than 16 lakhs candidates every year.
This has given rise to various malpractices by private institutions while taking admission of candidates. They demand huge money on one or other pretext. Also a candidate has to appear for multiple exams which not only drains their money but also put them mentally and physically under strain. The ministry wanted to end the era of such malpractices by private institutions by holding common entrance exam and admission process under its own purview.