New Delhi & Bhubaneswar: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will not conduct NEET-like single entrance test for engineering courses from 2018 academic year.
A decision in this regard has been taken by the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry on August 20.
Expressing its inability to hold single entrance test for engineering courses from 2018 the HRD ministry stated that it will soon come up with a concrete decision after the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) submits its report in this connection.
AICTE will submit a report on whether to conduct the single entrance exam for engineering in the future or not, said HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.
It is worth mentioning that India has around 3,400 engineering colleges affiliated to different universities and half of the seats have been remaining vacant for the last five years due to declining interest in engineering courses among the students. Mushrooming growth of private-run engineering colleges is also another reason for large number of seats remaining vacant.
The current admission process for engineering depends on performance in examinations conducted by the states, JEE-Main for Centre-funded institutions conducted by CBSE. Besides, some deemed universities have their own set of examinations for admission.