New Delhi: The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry on Monday held a meeting with health ministry officials to discuss the experience of NEET and to ascertain if a Common and Single Nationwide Entrance Test on similar line is possible for admission to Engineering Courses.
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET-UG is conducted nationwide for admission to MBBS, BDS and othet medical courses.
According to a senior HRD official, they were informed by health ministry officials that the single entrance exam ensured that every student getting into medical education maintains at least a minimum academic standard.
“The test ensured merit is maintained and not anyone can simply buy seats", the unnamed official is quoted by Hindutsan Times.
"At the same time, there are benefits for students as they only have to take a single test, they don’t have to spend on entrance fee and don’t need to travel unnecessarily to different parts of the country for taking the test,” the official added.
"Only candidates in the top 50 percentile of the NEET exam are eligible to apply for admission in medical colleges. Besides this, seat allocation for the management quota is now being done through a state level counselling process", the official said.
Entrance test for admission to engineering courses are currently being conducted by different states. The idea of conducting a common entrance test for engineering courses was mooted for the first time in the year 2012.
Then Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal Monday had said that the central government will consult every state government and move forward on a common entrance test for engineeering courses only after consensus is arrived at on the issue.