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Sibal keen to get deemed varsities on one-test plan

Sibal has called a meeting with representatives of deemed varsities on June 25

Written by Anubhuti Vishnoi | New Delhi | Published: June 14, 2012 12:21:15 am

Unfazed by the controversy over the common entrance examination for engineering courses,HRD Minister Kapil Sibal is now trying to get the 130 deemed-to-be universities to accept the ‘one nation,one test’ principle.

Sibal has called a meeting with representatives of deemed varsities on June 25 to discuss the possibility of them joining the common entrance test. Most of these universities run engineering colleges.

The examination is aimed at replacing multiple tests with a single one and factoring in school board scores for admissions to undergraduate engineering courses.

“While some deemed to be universities admit students to engineering colleges on the basis of the AIEEE scores or state-level engineering exams,in other states,some deemed varsities get together to organise an entrance examination. There are some deemed varsities which also hold individual entrance exams or even admit students on the basis of their Class XII board results. The ministry will discuss with them the possibility of joining the common test,” a senior official said.

The meeting will also urge deemed universities to adopt uniform accounting standards in 2013 to bring in transparency regarding accounting and investments.

While IIT Senates have openly rejected the common test that will also determine admissions to the institutes,states such as Gujarat,Maharashtra and Haryana have indicated that they will adopt the common test for admission in state engineering colleges as well. Members of the All India IIT Faculty Federation are meeting PM Manmohan Singh on Thursday to bring to his notice their “concerns”.

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