• The government has decided to hold a common entrance test for engineering institutions in the country from 2013. Briefing the reporters in New Delhi after State Education Ministers meet, the Human Resource Development Minister Mr. Kapil Sibal said that the proposal for a common national examination with effect from 2013 with weightage to State Board results has been endorsed in principle by States.
  • The Minister said, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Puducherry and West Bengal sought more time to study the proposal in detail. He said that it was decided that details for the common examination process would be finalized in the next two months in consultation with States.
  • He said the State Ministers were informed that the IITs and other Central Educational Institutions were proposing to adopt a weightage of 40 per cent for State Board marks.
  • It was also clarified that the examinations would be conducted in English and Hindi and where States intend to use the same examination for admission to State engineering institutions. The examination could be conducted in the regional language of the State too.
  • Mr. Sibal said that it was also decided to start 100 Community Colleges on a pilot basis in 2012-13 and then scale up gradually. For this a committee of State Education Ministers has been constituted headed by Minister for School Education of Madhya Pradesh Mrs.Archana Chitnis.
  • Mr. Sibal also called upon them to consider introduction of the National Vocational Educational Qualification Framework, NVEQF to qualitatively upgrade vocational education across the country.