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News - NEET like single Entrance test Not to be conducted for engineering students

The decision to conduct a single entrance exam for engineering admissions from next year has been ruled out by the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry. The states will conduct their own separate examinations.

On Sunday, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar told HT that a report will be submitted by a committee formed by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) on whether the single entrance exam will be conducted later on in the future. Javadekar said, 'The issue of single entrance exam is still pending and a committee will submit its recommendations. But no changes will be made next year for sure. So no single entrance exam will be conducted Next year. Depending on the recommendation of the committee further decision will be taken'.

If it is implemented, the single engineering entrance test will do away with the practice of multiple examinations conducted by central agencies, state governments and private institutions.

According to the officials, unlike the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET), engineering exams are different as there is an oversupply in the market. India has more than 3,300 approved engineering colleges affiliated to universities, with an annual intake of an estimated 1.6 million students. But only about half of the seats are filled.

'The number of institutes and courses are more than that of students, so the scenario here is different. The experiences of NEET are being studied but no exam will be held next year,' said a senior official.

NEET is held for admission to MBBS and BDS courses at medical education institutes across the country.

Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/education/

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