New Delhi, Feb. 21: Towards a very significant reform in education sector, Education Ministers of states will meet in New Delhi on Wednesday 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.
Union Human Recourse Minister (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal emphasized that 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.
According to the PTI Sibal told that “the states have to come onboard now. We are going to have a meeting of the CABE committee; state education ministers...all these will be put before the CABE committee. We want to have a firm resolution at that level before we actually hold the exam."
Sibal said we are very optimistic to do that. He informed that there was a meeting of Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE) on Monday and 11 boards came for this meeting of COBSE and all 11 boards unanimously supported single entrance test program.
He said 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.
The proposed entrance test, Indian Science - Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET), is likely to be conducted in April or May next year and will have two parts -- ISEET main and ISEET advance.
Sibal added that 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.
Sibal said he is very optimistic about Wednesday Education Ministers meet and hope we will reach in agreeable decision over various issues.