From the academic year 2019-20, there may be only one engineering entrance test for admission to all engineering institutes across the country. All the states have given their consent for the single entrance test, except Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. The single entrance test for engineering admissions will be conducted on the lines of NEET, said a report by The Times of India.
The report further quoted All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Vice-Chairman, MP Poonia saying, "AICTE had approved the proposal and is waiting for the final go ahead from the government. The examination will be conducted by a separate body which might be set up by the government."
Though except 2 states, all the other states have given their nod for the single entrance test, but it will also carry challenge to implement, as different state examination boards have different syllabuses. Besides conducting a single engineering entrance test, the national daily also reported that the government is also thinking to make six-month internship compulsory for all engineering students.
A new teacher training policy is also expected to be released on January 24 wherein newly enrolled teachers will be trained for 6 months before they could start teaching at the technical institutes. This module of 6-month training for newly appointed teachers will begin from this academic year. Not only this, but the newly enrolled teachers will have to work under the tutelage of senior faculty members who would point out flaws, if any.
Earlier, careers360 had reported in November that the Union Cabinet has approved National Testing Agency (NTA) to conduct all national level entrance examinations. As per reports, NTA will replace CBSE, which conducts major national level entrance examinations in the country like JEE Main and NEET.