Admissions in the State engineering colleges may have to be based on the JEE (Main) marks rather than their own entrance tests from next year.

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has written to all the State governments to accept the JEE (Main) scores for engineering admissions from the next academic year. AICTE Chairman S.S. Mantha told The Hindu that the premier academic body has taken a policy decision on this issue and sent letters to all the State governments five days ago.

“We have suggested 60 per cent weightage for class XII marks and 40 per cent for the JEE (Main),” he said.

Waiting for

State’s response

When asked whether it was mandatory for the State governments to follow, Dr. Mantha said, “We think so. We will wait for the State governments’ response.” Liberty, however, has been given on the class XII weightage marks. In Andhra Pradesh, only 25 per cent weightage is given for Intermediate marks.

If the AICTE has its way, the Engineering Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET) will have to be scrapped from next year, or at least the engineering stream has to be excluded from the test.

Mandatory

The JEE (Main) would be conducted by the CBSE in April next replacing the AIEEE. It is also mandatory for those seeking admissions into IITs as they have to clear it before getting eligibility to write the JEE (Advanced). The idea of these tests was to spare students the multiple tests.

Big decision

However, authorities in the A.P. State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) maintained that scrapping the EAMCET was a big decision and the students have to be informed in advance of any such move. In the present scenario, it may not be possible.

However, officials are examining whether such directives from the AICTE have to be followed strictly or the State government can continue with its test.

If the AICTE has its way, it will have to be scrapped from next year, or at least the engineering stream has to be excluded from the test