Higher Education Minister Says Yes to CAT for Engineering

Higher and Technical Education Minister Laximikant Sharma has given his nod  for common admission test (CAT) for engineering colleges (JEE) at the states’ Education Ministers conference in New Delhi recently.

He said that if score-holders cannot be found even in two rounds of counseling for JEE, the option should be given to states to give admission to students on the basis of marks secured by them in the eligibility test. He urged that B Ed faculty of Avdhesh Pratap Singh University, Rewa, and Barkatullah University, Bhopal, should be upgraded to Institute of Advanced Studies in Education in the first phase itself. The conference was presided over by Union Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal.

Sharma said that Madhya Pradesh should be included in the pilot project of National Vocational Education Qualifications Framework (NVEQF). He said that states should be consulted prior to UGC regulation and constitution of Lokpal so the concept of Lokpal can be implemented in a better way.

Praising implementation of accounts norms for educational institutions, he urged that adequate resources should be made available to states. Drawing attention of the Union Minister towards the fact that permission for Chhatrasal University at Chhatarpur has been granted so far, the Higher Education Minister urged him to ensure approval at the earliest.

 He also urged him to give permission for Innovative University at Bhopal and Mining Engineering College, Singrauli. He demanded that the Higher Education Department of the State Government should be provided grant of Rs 419 crore and Technical Education Department Rs. 49.2 crore for payment of arrears to professors.

The Technical Education Minister said that permission should be granted for starting ITI in the second shift of Madhya Pradesh’s engineering colleges and implementing community polytechnic scheme in all the polytechnic colleges.



 Higher and Technical Education Minister

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