Sibal urges states to adopt Common Entrance Test for engineering

NEW DELHI, June 5:
Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal today called upon the states to join the new system of common engineering entrance for central institutions, including IITs, NITs and IIITs, with a modified version if they liked.
States can give out their choice within this month to make it possible for the Centre to move forward, Mr Sibal said.
Addressing State Education Ministers’ Conference here, Mr Sibal justified the Centre’s decision to go for the common entrance test, saying it was taken after taking all the stakeholders on board.
“We want the states to ponder, and then adopt it as this test to be conducted by the IITs would bring only merit into their institutions, and save their students from the trouble of appearing in a large number of examination,” Mr Sibal said.
Under the new system, there would be two components—Main and Advanced. There could be different degree of weightages for the student’s performance in the state Board examination and the Main examination, and it is for the states to choose the degree of weightage they want to give to the two, said Mr Sibal.
The decision to introduce the system was taken at a meeting of the Councils of the IITs, IIITs and NITs, and there not a single person who dissented, the Minister said in an obvious reference to opposition from the faculty of some IITs. (UNI)