AICTE gives permission for single entrance test for engineering courses from 2018

Admission to all engineering colleges across India will be done for admission to engineering courses through single entrance examination from 2018. The change will be along the lines of NEET, a single, all-India test for admission to medical and dental colleges.

AICTE, the legal body and a national-level council for technical education has approved a comprehensive package, comprising the single national test, for improving engineering education.

AICTE has also directed institutes to give induction courses. Other than this, it has recommended yearly revision of curriculum and teacher training through SWAYAM platform. An estimate of Rs. 250 crore is given to implement this package.

What is SWAYAM?

The Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM) is a programme developed by the government to take the best teaching learning resources to all, including the most disadvantaged, by bridging the digital divide.

How will the single entrance test help?

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

The reason behind this decision was to make the process more transparent, standardized and free of corruption and commercialization.

While the single entrance exam will result in scrapping of all the state and national level exams, the students seeking admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will have to clear the JEE-Advanced after taking the engineering entrance exam.

“The AICTE has been advised to ensure that the examination process is standardized keeping in view the linguistic diversity of the country. The test will also be conducted multiple times every year,” said a senior official.

Regulations have been issued under the AICTE Act making it mandatory for every state to follow it.

Sources said in case a state refuses to adhere it, it will lose the AICTE approval for the institutes.

Source: Hindustan Times

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