HRD Minister expects Kerala to join CET

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Sibal Pursuades Kerala to Accept CET for Engineering and Medical Courses :

Human Resource Development ( HRD ) minister, Kapil Sibal expects Kerala to join the proposed all India CET ( Common Entrance Test ) for admission to medical and engineering courses.

Many states including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana have already accepted the common entrance test. West Bengal has clarified that it would accept the exam by 2015. Institutions such as IIT, NIT, IIIT and central universities have also given their consent to participate in the exam.

Sibal revealed that about 98% of the deemed universities are keen to accept the CET.

The decision of the cabinet on whether to accept the CET or not would be communicated to the Center within 2 weeks.

The CET was proposed by the HRD ministry for entry to all medical and engineering colleges including NITs, IITs and IIITs. The new system was proposed to prevent students from taking multiple entrance tests.

Every year, Class XII students appear for multiple entrance exams in India. The country has 14.86 lakh engineering vacancies in 3393 colleges including 30 NITs, 15 IITs, 5 IISERs and 4 IIITs, besides colleges in Union Territories and states.

In medicine, the country holds 17 exams to fill 30,000 vacancies in 271 medical colleges.

If Kerala joins CET, it implies that a candidate can seek admission to any undergraduate program in the country without writing separate state level or individual institute’s exam. This will reduce the expenditure on exam fees. However, CET has some disadvantages as well.

First challenge is that if the state students would be able to compete with the national population and if Class XII marks are given weightage, where would state board students stand. The formulae adopted to normalize class XII marks and entrance test percentage is also ambiguous.