The Maharahstra State Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET) has been postponed from May 7 to May 12,states a notification from the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) and Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER).
According to W B Tayde,director of DMER,the decision has been taken considering that CETs of Maharashtra and Karnataka were being conducted on the same date May 7. If the two states conduct the CET on same day,it will be inconvenient for students. Hence,we decided to postpone it, Tayde said. While Karnataka usually conducts CET on April 29,30 and May 1,this time they have set the dates on May 6,7 and 8 because of the Lok Sabha elections. The MHT-CET holds entrance test for 174 engineering,58 medical and 118 pharmacy colleges in Maharahstra. The announcement evinced mixed response from students. While some are happy that the exam has been postponed by five days,some are upset as the it disturbs their study timetable.
Martha Susan,who is appearing for CET said,Although the postponement of the CET is reasonable,I would have been glad if it took place on the earlier date. Aditi Joglekar,who is appearing for AIEEE and MHT-CET said,I will get a breather in between the two entrance tests as AIEEE is scheduled on April 26 followed by MHT-CET in about two weeks. Another student Sumaira Khan is also glad that the test has been postponed. Not that it will make a big difference,but I will get five more days to study, she said.
However,Kedar Takalkar,president of voluntary organisation Vidya Samata Manch,said that the postponement will affect a few hundred students who have registered themselves for the BITS-Pilani online entrance test. Around 10,000 students from Pune are appearing for the BITS -Pilani that will be conducted for a month starting May 9. It is,however,uncertain as to how many students had taken the May 12 slot, he said.