Resource Development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal Monday said the
central government will consult every state government and move
forward on a common entrance test for engineeering courses only
after consensus is arrived at on the issue.
"We will consult everybody (every state). A meeting is going to
take place. All the state education ministers will be there. This
(central) government doesn't believe in moving forward unless
there is complete consensus and we have consulted everybody," said
Sibal on the sidelines of a seminar organised by the Indian
Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
Sibal's comment comes in the backdrop of five states opposing the
centre's plan to introduce a common national examination for
undergraduate engineering courses across the country.
Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and Puducherry
have opposed the proposal, while Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh
asked for wider consultations. These states are keen on retaining
their state-level common entrance tests.
Incidentally, Bengal Education Minister Bratya Basu who was
scheduled to be present at the seminar, remained absent.
When asked about his reaction on Basu's absence, Sibal said:
"Don't try to get comment from me so that you can flash them. I
don't have any idea (about his absence)."
The proposed Common entrance test is slated to be named Indian
Science - Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET) and is likely to be
conducted in April or May next year. The exam will have two parts
- ISEET main and ISEET advance.