New Delhi: The Ministry of Human Resource Development has decided to junk the scheme to start a general engineering entrance examination from next year. All India Technical Education Council (AICTE), the country’s Technical Education Regulator, announced in March that the national level entrance test for engineering colleges will be held in the next academic year from 2018. However, the Ministry has decided that before moving forward, consider the notion of reviewing the success of National Eligibility Entrance Examination (NEET) for admission to medical colleges.
A senior official said, “It has been decided that there will be no general engineering exam next year, however, this idea has not been completely left out. AICTE will present a report about the feasibility of conducting the examination in future. ”
The NEET was launched last year, the Human Resource Development Ministry had taken steps for the general examination to enter engineering courses.
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) organizes joint entrance exam (main) for admission in engineering courses. More than 11 lakh students are present every year for this.
Many states do their own tests, while some colleges give admission on the basis of class XII board exams. Many private colleges also conduct their entrance examinations.
There are more than 3,300 approved engineering colleges in the country affiliated to the universities, of which approximately 16 lakh students have annual intake.