The officials of the Maharashtra higher and technical education department announced that MH-CET exam will make a comeback from 2016. The MH-CET, which stands for Maharashtra common entrance test, will replace JEE Main from 2016, to grant admissions to first year B.E/B.Tech programmes, the same way it used to be till 2013. 

This announcement came from the minister for higher and technical education, Vinod Tawde. regarding the state’s plan to conduct its own common entrance test (CET) for engineering admissions. “This will reduce burden on students, as they will not have to study Class 11 and 12 syllabus, as required for the JEE. Further, JEE is held just two weeks after the Class 12 state board exams, so students do not get enough time to prepare and coaching classes have taken advantage of this to make money,” Tawde said, during an event at Parle Tilak School, Vile Parle. 

Official notification regarding the MHT CET 2016 eligibility criteria and application procedure will be released soon at the official website. “The state needs to simplify entrance exams for medical and engineering candidates. Many states have not yet adopted the JEE (Main). The MH-CET will let students focus on Class 12 state board syllabus,” said GT Thampi, principal, Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, Bandra.

Till 2013, the state used the CET for admissions to undergraduate engineering courses. From April 2014, JEE (Main) was considered. That year, more than 2.45 lakh candidates from the state appeared for the joint test. This year, 13.035 lakh students had registered across India.

After the re-introduction of the CET, JEE (Main) system for admission into the state engineering colleges will be scrapped off. As per newspaper reports, since the application process for JEE Main 2015 is already over, there will be no changes this year. However from next year CET will make a comeback.

Also once CET is restored, the government will continue to assign 50 percent weightage to Class 12 scores as well as 50 percent to CET scores, instead of the JEE Main.

(excerpts taken from Hindustan Times)

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