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A New JEE pattern – NEET Equivalent of Engineering and Architecture Entrance Exams?

Every year lakhs of students appear for various engineering and architecture entrance exams across India. The burden is already plenty enough that students fail to concentrate on one thing at a time. Numerous entrance examinations to be given, and loads of syllabus to be covered is a battle in its own.

To avoid the number of entrance examinations that students are burdened with, the Government of India has indicated on a likely new JEE pattern which proposes that admission to all the engineering colleges in the country be considered under one entrance examination. The new procedure might get implemented from next year, as claimed by the authorities on Friday.

Likewise, a single entrance examination for all medical and dental colleges was launched in the year 2016. The examination was named, NEET – National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test. The introduction of this new entrance exam will be on similar lines. However, for the IITs, JEE-Advanced must be cleared post the common entrance test.

Going by the facts, there are more than 3000 engineering colleges affiliated to various universities which admit around 1.6 million students every year, in the country. However, only half the number of seats are filled at the end of the day. Despite the fact that engineering is one the most common valuable courses in the country, the reason behind vacant seats is the current admission process which depends on the performance in the entrance examinations.

Talking about the JEE-Mains, 1.3 million students appear for the exam every year. The Centre-funded institutions conduct their examination via CBSE. On the other hand, a number of states grant examination based on marks obtained in class XII. The private institutions, however conduct their own individual entrance examinations. “But some of them, which are self-financed, charge high fees or sell seats in the name of management or NRI quota at a premium”, a source said.

Getting admitted into a certain institution is not enough. Unless you get placed, you hardly stand. Shockingly, out of the 7,37,000 graduates in the year 2014-15, only half of them were employed. Moreover, out of these most of the students failed to fulfill their own expectations.

Prakash Javedkar, the HRD minister was the first to come up with the idea of eliminating numerous entrance examinations. The decision was further implemented after the Human Resource Development Ministry approved the proposal initiated by the AICTE – All India Council for Technical Education. The ministry said, “AICTE is advised to ensure that the testing process is standardized keeping in view the linguistic diversity of the country. The test shall also be conducted multiple times every year.”

“The aim is to make the process more transparent, standardized, and free of corruption and commercialization,” a government official said, referring to allegations that some private institutions charge exorbitant capitation fee from students. “It may also be useful to request as many institutions as possible to come under joint seat allocation system for a more efficient seat allocation process. Actions taken in this regard may be intimated to the government,” the ministry said.

If this new JEE pattern goes through, it will be a big welcome; especially with the attempt in 2018 likely being counted as the first attempt. This guess is based on a recent NEET notification which stated that NEET 2017 will be counted as the first attempt of all the aspirants, discarding the previous attempts.

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