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Students may witness common engineering entrance

With innumerable entrance examinations for engineering available in India, students often worry which one to appear so that the date doesn't collide with another.The government is considering to replace these engineering entrances, including Indian Institutes of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) and All India Entrance Examination for Engineering (AIEEE), with one National Aptitude Test (NAT).

According to sources, In a meeting, the directors of IIT Delhi, Kanpur and other engineering institutions, the government broadly agreed on “one nation one examination" policy. NAT will be similar to the single medical entrance test that the Medical Council of India (MCI) will conduct from next year.

The state governments may not approve the idea of NAT and the IITs do not want the JEE system to be destroyed.Seven out of 15 IITs favoured having a separate “add-on" examination in addition to the NAT. However, HRD minister Kapil Sibal said that if IITs have an additional exam then nothing stops other institutions like planning and architecture colleges etc to have their own exams.

The reform is likely to benefit more than 10 lakh students every year.The Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister has favoured a single entrance examination for engineering.

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