According to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), out of the eight lakh engineering graduates from technical institutes across the country every year, more than 60 percent remain unemployed. This can be regarded as a potential loss of 20 lakh man-days annually.
Moreover, less than 1 percent of engineering students participate in summer internships and just 15 percent of engineering programmes offered by more than 3200 institutions across the nation are accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA), as per the reports stated by the economictimes.
In order to tackle this situation, the ministry of human resource development is planning to rebuild the nation’s technical education. The plan involves rolling out the single National Entrance Examination for Technical Institutions (NEET) from January 2018. The strategy also involves annual teacher training as mandatory for approval of the institution, compulsory induction training to enrolled students and annual revision of curriculum.
NEET will be the first exam conducted by the National Testing Service (NTS) and it will be completely computer based. “In all probability, NTS will be ready by January 2018 to conduct the NEET as well as National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medical courses. The exams will be conducted multiple times in a year,” said a senior MHRD official, reported by the economictimes.
As per the reports, the first NEET exam is likely to be scheduled for December 2017 - January 2018, followed by another one in March 2018 and the third scheduled in May 2018. In addition to NEET, NTS will also conduct entrance test for IIT. Conduction of the exams will be NTS’ responsibility while the IITs will continue to set the papers.
Information source: economictimes
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