MHRD puts common engineering entrance examination on hold

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has decided to scrap the plan of introducing a Common Engineering Entrance Exam (CEEE).

As per the announcement made by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) – country’s technical education regulator, in March,  a single entrance exam was to be conducted for admission to all engineering colleges in the country from next academic year.

However, the ministry has decided review the success of National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) giving the green signal to CEEE.

“It has been decided that there will be no common engineering exam next year. However, the idea has not been completely discarded. The AICTE will submit a report about the feasibility of conducting the exam in future,” a senior official said.

Presently, for admission to NITS, IIITs and other engineering colleges, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts Joint Entrance Examination (Mains) every year. Over 12 lakh students appear for it every year. Moreover, along with JEE Main, a number of states conduct their own entrance tests as well, while some colleges grant admission based on the marks of class 12 board exams. Several private colleges also conduct their own entrance examinations.

There are over 3,300 approved engineering colleges in the country with an annual intake of around 16 lakh students.