Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal stated that the national level common entrance test for science & engineering UG courses is on cards. (via) The idea is to arrive at a national level merit list of students basing on the +2 level marks and the proposed common entrance test.
India’s pride institutes IITs and NITs have agreed for the common entrance test; previously we have reported that IITs are in plans to scrap JEE and design a SAT like entrance test giving due weight to academics.
However the ministers will have a final meeting before the proposal is forwarded to Central Advisory Board of Education for approval. The CET is expected to be rolled out during 2013 – 2014 academic session; the agenda is to reduce the stress on students by putting them under a common testing window instead of several entrance tests.
Each state prepares students to a curriculum the state board follows in such a case the idea of drawing a common merit list makes no sense. To rule out such ambiguity the council is set to meet Indian Statistical Institute for deriving a formula which will normalize all board marks.
When a similar proposal was made by the Medical Council of India & CBSE to hold a common entrance test for medical and dental admissions several states including (AP, West Bengal, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamilnadu etc) have opposed pointing at the indifference in the syllabus. The proposal is now deferred by an year and common entrance test was not a reality this year.
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Source: Zee News
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