FOLLOWING A series of hurdles in medical admissions this year, the state Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) is considering a change in the syllabus and pattern for the engineering entrance exam. Dayanand Meshram, Director of DTE, told The Indian Express that discussions were on to change the examination pattern to align it with that of the central Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).
The discussion was set in motion after this year’s medical aspirants faced a host of problems because of the last-minute decision that made the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) mandatory.
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This year’s medical admissions left many aspirants from the state high and dry as they had prepared for the state Common Entrance Test (CET) instead of the NEET, which is based on the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) syllabus. Foreseeing a similar situation in engineering admission process, the DTE is mulling a change in the CET. Although the changes are yet to be proposed to the state, if approved by the state government the changes will be applicable from the academic year 2018-19, said Mehsram.
“NEET was introduced to ensure transparency in the admission process. If a decision is taken to hold a central entrance examination for admissions to engineering colleges, we don’t want the aspirants to be caught unaware,” said Meshram.
The CET for engineering courses in Maharashtra is based on the Class XII syllabus of the state board as opposed to the central JEE which is based on the CBSE syllabus for Class XI and XII.
“If the JEE becomes mandatory for all admissions, aspirants will have to study the CBSE syllabus for both the years,” said Meshram. He said that a proposal is yet to be sent to the state.
“We are closely observing the developments in NEET. A decision should be taken soon so that the next batch is not affected,” said Meshram.
State Principal Secretary for Higher and Technical Education Sitaram Kunte agreed that there was a trend of centralising admission processes. He said that the proposal, if submitted, needed to be evaluated properly before taking a decision.