According to the latest report, MHRD is considering a single Engineering Entrance Exam for all the engineering aspirants from 2018. In a series of meetings as per official sources who refused to be named, AICTE will be the authority to oversee the single entrance exam for all engineering admissions in the country. This test will be on the lines of NEET and will include the admissions to the private universities and institutes too. This decision could mean that the JEE Main examination which is one of the most popular national level exams might be revamped to a common entrance test for admission to various engineering courses. It might be a good step and also a more competitive one.
The HRD Ministry had proposed this idea to lessen the stress on the students who otherwise are forced to appear for many engineering entrance exams thereby lessening their concentration on their class XII studies. The single entrance exam is proposed to be more on the lines of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Exam (NEET) which is conducted as a single common entrance test for admission into all the medical colleges across the country. This move is strengthened by the fact that NEET had the Supreme Court’s support and hence the MHRD expects the law to back this proposal too.
January 2016 saw discussions on a National Aptitude Test (NAT) suggested by the Ashok Mishra committee to enable students to appear for a single first stage exam to be held four times a year. The best scores of all attempts would be considered for the next step. This proposal as per the 50th meeting of the IIT council will be held in pilot runs in schools this year.
The Ministry is also planning to take initiatives to bring back the standards of engineering colleges which has fallen down globally. The government plans to place 10 government institutes and 10 private institutes among the top 100 institutes in the world. This is a revival programme as not a single Indian Engineering Institute is among the 100 best engineering institutes in the world.
AICTE will be taking measures to investigate the conduct of the engineering colleges and shutting down those institutes where there is poor infrastructure, less faculty etc. The proposal to incorporate a Single Engineering Entrance Test is for the first time but goes way back into 2012 when it was forwarded by the HRD Ministry under Mr.Kapil Sibal to which the IITs had strongly objected. .
If this proposal is effective from 2018, then there will be a drastic change in the admission process across the engineering colleges of the country. Students will be the highest beneficiaries of this move if implemented. The information from the Ministry is not yet official and is still in the initial stages. Whether IITs and NITs will be included in this is not yet clear.