The government’s ambitious plan of holding a single national examination for admission to undergraduate engineering programme from 2013 inched closer to fruition today with a majority of the states giving “in principle” approval to it.
Tamil Nadu expressed its opposition to the common test even as Himachal Pradesh,Odisha,Puducherry and West Bengal sought more time to study the proposal in details.
At the end of a day-long state education ministers’ meet here,HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said the common test will be for admission to central engineering institutes like IITs to begin with,and expressed hope states will also adopt it in coming years for admission to their engineering institutes.
He said 11 boards at the Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE) meeting last week have “unanimously” supported the move.
Four states — Delhi,Haryana,Uttarakhand and Chandigarh — have already accepted CBSE-conducted AIEEE scores for admission to their institutes.
“The unanimous decision of the state education ministers today in passing the resolution was that we agreed in principle that there should be one test in 2013 for all students who want to seek admission to central engineering institutions,” Sibal said.
The common merit list will be prepared based on 60 per cent weightage to the common test and not less than 40 per cent to Class XII examination after normalising scores of the state boards on the basis of percentiles formula prepared by Indian Statistical Institute.
The minister said,the common examination will be conducted two to three times a year to enable students pick the best scores achieved for admission. The scores will remain valid for two years.