When NEET was made mandatory by the centre in 2016, various state governments expressed their concern and requested the centre to roll back the proposal. However, the centre gave its nod for an exemption to all state governments for one year and NEET was made mandatory in 2017. Similarly, the government’s proposal to implement single engineering entrance exam has been receiving a negative response from various states. Now, the government of West Bengal urged the centre to scrap the proposal of holding a single engineering entrance exam.
Following the directives of the HRD Ministry, All India Council for Technical Education came up with a proposal of single entrance exam for engineering courses on March 14, 2017. The Council has given its approval for the proposal to come into effect from 2018.
Mr. Partha Chatarjee, Education Minister of West Bengal revealed that he had already written to HRD Ministry to scrap single entrance exam for engineering courses. He expressed his dissatisfaction regarding the centre’s idea of scrapping state entrance exam for engineering. Therefore, he requested the HRD Ministry to reconsider the proposal and take the decision as early as possible.
He further added that education is one of the subjects in Concurrent List and it is mandatory for the centre to consult state governments while taking a decision relating to education. However, in this case, the centre neither consulted the state government nor gave prior information regarding single entrance examination.
Mr. Partha Chaterjee also said that they have a Joint Entrance Examination Board in place and there have been no problems in holding the state entrance exam for engineering courses. Therefore, the centre needs to dismiss the proposal and continue the existing system, he added.