According to the news feeds the state government is most likely to draw out of participation from the Joint Entrance Exam (Main) conducted by The Centre for admissions to the states engineering colleges. The Minister for higher education Vinod Tawde has announced the states plans to conduct its own common entrance test (CET) for engineering from 2016 (MH CET Engineering 2016). Once this decision is implemented it will be a huge relief to over 1 lakh students who aspire to be engineers and are thus seeking admissions to engineering seats in the state.
State decides to fall back to MH CET Engineering
Tawde made this particular statement while having a heart to heart with the media in Parle Tilak school Vile Parle quoting “It is not possible to make any changes this year as forms for JEE (Main) have already been filled. But from next year, I have suggested that the state conduct its own 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,”
Expounding his reasons for this particular decisions he quoted “There is a big lobby of private coaching institutes which charges students over Rs 2.5 lakh to coach students for JEE (Main), which is based on CBSE syllabus. If the state conducts its own CET, based on state board syllabus, it will help students from rural areas.” Tawde stated that he will be recommending this to the Directorate of technical education which monitors engineering admissions.
This news has been a huge relief for both parents and private engineering associates as they have long since been seeking this particular shift from JEE(Main) to CET. Former Professor of Patkar College Goregoan stated that “For our students, coping with the vast JEE (Main) syllabus was difficult. Also, engineering aspirants have to focus on their scores for class XII and JEE (Main)”
Tawde claimed that the government will continue to give equal weightage to both class 12 scores (50%) and CET scores Instead of the JEE(Main) (50%).
Prior to 2014 the state used CET instead of JEE(Main) as the entrance exam for admission to undergraduate engineering course. Officials from the technical education department stated that if the state decides to go back to its own CET it should then have a common MHT-CET. “If medical and engineering entrance tests will be held by the state, a combined test is better,” said an official. “Students then will not have to take the physics and chemistry tests twice.”
Sources: The Times Of India ; Hindustan Times