The Maharashtra government, on Friday, said it would set up a committee to decide the weightage to be given to board exam marks while adopting the Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET) for engineering admissions in the state.
ISEET, announced by the human resources development ministry earlier this year, has been envisaged as a common national entrance test for engineering aspirants.
The state government has decided to do away with the Maharashtra state Common Entrance Test (MH-CET) for engineering courses from 2013.
The logic behind introducing a single test is to do away with the stress students undergo preparing for multiple tests, as well as the cost and time involved.
On Friday, CBSE chairperson Vineet Joshi made a presentation on the new test, while the director of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) also spoke on it. Both clarified that the ISEET was a work in progress. Joshi said the ISEET option is likely to be available twice a year — in April/May, and then later in the year for students who miss the first round.
"All engineering institutes, whether private or aided or deemed universities, will have to follow the ISEET from next year," said a Directorate of Technical Education official.
Various audience members spoke on the weightage combinations possible. The minister said that all of these would be taken into account and a committee would be formed to deliberate on the matter. The committee would then formulate a report within the next two months and place it before the public. The public would be invited to give their feedback after which, the policy would be finalised. The entire process is likely to take four months, Tope said. Some of the concerns expressed at the forum were regarding the board exam process itself; people wanted to know how transparent and error-free the process was.