State Education Ministers to meet on common entrance test

  • Education Ministers of states will meet in New Delhi on Feb 22 to decide on the Centre's move to hold a single entrance test for admissions to under graduate science and engineering programmes across the country.
  • HRD Minister Kapil Sibal says 11 education boards in the country have unanimously supported the move and the government now intends to seek the views of other boards in this regard.
  • Responding to a question whether the single entrance test would come into force by 2013 as planned he said in New Delhi that the government intends to write to other Boards in the country asking them to give their views and explain whether they have any problem with regard to conduct of the single test.
  • He said the main issue of bringing about equalisation of the Class XII marks across the boards has been sorted out by a formula designed by the Indian Statistical Institute that would give more representation to states in the IIT system.
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