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Engg admission may be based on JEE (Main) in ’19

PUBLISH DATE 20th July 2018

The general election scheduled next year and the Centre’s decision on conducting JEE (Main) and NEET twice a year starting this year, has prompted the state’s CET cell to seek permission from the state government to scrap MHT-CET, at least for 2019.

For medical admissions, NEET is the only qualifying test across the country.

The state government has a proposal from the state’s CET cell seeking permission to conduct the centralised admissions in Maharashtra’s colleges on the basis of JEE (Main) scores next year. “If the Centre conducts two tests in a year for engineering admissions, students will be busy with its preparations throughout the year. Most of them would prefer to attempt it twice and use the better of the scores. Our MHT-CET will be an additional exam for them increasing their burden. Instead we can make use of the all-India merit list for JEE to prepare a separate state list like they do for NEET,” said an official from the CET cell.

Another official said that though it is preferable to scrap MHT-CET forever and make the merit list on the basis of JEE (Main) scores, it is a necessity for next year’s admission. “We conducted the test this year for over four lakh students across 1,200 centres in the state. With the Lok Sabha election we are not sure how many of the centres will be available for us. Many of the schools and colleges will be used for election work. There will be limited manpower with many teachers deployed on election duty. It will be practically difficult to conduct the test next year. So we have sought the government’s suggestion,” said the official.

Since 2012, the state government has been going back and forth on the qualifying test for admissions to engineering as well as medical colleges. While a Supreme Court order has made it mandatory for all medical and dental admissions in the country to be conducted on the basis of NEET, there is no such compulsion for engineering admissions. Over four lakh students took the CET in state of for engineering, pharmacy admissions in state.

Sudha Shenoy, a parent representative, said whatever the decision, the state should be notifying all the students at least few months in advance and not announce it in the eleventh hour. “The NEET revival in 2016 came at the eleventh hour and it disturbed the entire admission process. Though many of the aspirants take the JEE (Main), it’s not necessary that all of them take it. A student aspiring to get into leading state colleges will not think about JEE at all. So whatever the decision, the state should notify it well in advance,” said Shenoy.

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