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Engg Applicants Attend CET From 2014: Maharashtra

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Single CET Only From 2014-15:Maharashtra
Maharashtra, Higher and Technical Education Minister Rajesh Tope on Friday announced that "Maharashtra, Engineering Applicants will follow the single common entrance test (CET) model for admission to engineering colleges including Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and National Institute of Technology (NIT) from the academic year 2014-15".

He, who attended the ground breaking ceremony of the regional office of Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education (MSBTE), said that "a proposal in his regard has been prepared and will be presented to the state cabinet dor further approval". The centre has insisted on this new pattern being implemented from the next academic year, 2013-14, he added.

The new format suggested by human resources department minister Kapil Sibal for admission to all central Government funded engineering institutions, proposes a single common entrance test (CET) that will replace the old IIT-JEE and AIEEE. He said; "Maharashtra State Government will give 50% weightage to marks scored by students in their class 12 exam".

On cracking a whip on unauthorized institutes in the state, he said "The state is ready with the draft bill of Unauthorized Institutions Act. Since it wasn't tabled in this session, we will table it in the winter season. As per the proposal, any institution running a course having a duration of 12 months or moer without approval of all India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) will be penalized. The institute will have to pay a fine of Es.5 lakh and the guilty will face up to one year in Jail".

"We also brought animal husbandry, agriculture, medicine and courses related to social welfare justice under the ambit of this act. Officials of Joint director level will be authorized to initiate action against such institutions. The appellate authority in these cases will be secretaries of the departments concerned. The Certificate courses of Nine-Months duration or more, will not be included in this act, any course for 12 months or more will have to follow these guidelines", he explained.

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