The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), which is in charge of operations for the engineering colleges in the country, is toying with the idea of making JEE Mains as the single entrance test for undergraduate BE courses in line of the recently proposed NEET examinations for medical entrance over the country. Presently, the CBSE conducts two tier JEE Mains and JEE Advanced examination for admission to IITs, NITs and IIITs in the country.
Stating that some of the states are already taking admission of students into undergraduate courses based on their JEE Mains scores, the AICTE Chairman Anil D Sahasrabudhe said, “We are planning to make JEE-Main the single entrance test in the country. JEE Main is based on the CBSE syllabus and different states are following different syllabi; so having a single entrance test for engineering is still in the planning stage.”
Just like the medical examinations in the states, the engineering students too have to undergo multiple entrance tests for admission in engineering courses. The Karnataka students, for example, who want to get into engineering courses need to write at least four entrance tests namely, CET, ComedK, JEE and entrance to various deemed universities.
The AICTE chairman further stated that he will visit the engineering colleges affiliated under the body and check about their infrastructure and other facilities. He further said, “Some colleges approach us to shut due to poor student strength; we have eased this process also. Earlier we were collecting Rs. 3 Lakh to approve closure of such colleges, now its cut to Rs. 50000. As per the new rule, the intake capacity of seats in engineering colleges, which don’t have accreditation from the National Board of Accreditation, will not be increased, and AICTE will increase the intake capacity of engineering colleges which have NBA accreditation.” Presently, 15% of the affiliated colleges under AICTE have NBA accreditation.
Sahasrabudhe also said that the MHRD has identified 10 good private and 10 government institutes and has decided to fund it and allow it freedom to improve its infrastructure and education system to its will. The HRD department is eyeing for engineering institutes which can make way to the top 100 institutes of the world. There is not a single engineering institute from the country, which is on the list of top 100 institutes in the world and thus the HRD department has decided to go all guns blazing in order make it happen.