A concerned, Directorate of Technical Education (Maharashtra), called a meeting last week to bring relevant changes in the exam pattern and syllabus of MHT CET. The core aim of the meet was to bring the level of CET, at par with the national level Joint Entrance Examination.
The authorities believe that due to the NEET row, where a single entrance examination has been announced as the supreme source of admission, the students suffered. Hence, to save the engineering aspirants from such chaos and loss, the body aims to raise the level of the state level exam upto that of JEE Main. So that, the candidates naturally prepared for the similar changes.
“There were some suggestions about making certain changes in the CET syllabus at par with the JEE. This was in lieu with the recent chaos over NEET as the decision of implementing a common examination for admission to medical and dental courses came at the very last minute. If such kind of a decision is taken in the future with respect to JEE, students should not bear the brunt of it,” said Dayanand Meshram, Director DTE.
Director Medhram also disclosed that the preparations for MHT CET 2017 have started. Hence, the changes will be implemented from session 2018-19. Some of the suggestion given in the meeting including the class XI syllabus as well.
“We want to ensure that students do not suffer if there is a decision to have a common entrance examination for engineering in the future. Also, making the difficulty level of the MHT-CET at par with JEE would ensure that students prepare for the best and can compete with students from other states” said Kiran Patil, Deputy Secretary of HTE.
However, as easy as the sharing of ideas was, the implementation is tough. Already the number of engineering exam takers in the state is less, in comparisons to the number of seats and in this situation such a big step cannot be taken with evaluating all the perspectives.
“There is lower demand for engineering and several seat lie vacant. If the difficulty level of CET is increased, the students would score lower but would still get admission. Also, there will be a bigger market for coaching like there is for JEE” said Dr Gopakumaran Thampi, Principal of Thadomal Shahani Engineering College.
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