Mar 18: According the AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) more than 60% of eight lakh engineering students graduating from technical institutions remain unemployed. Putting these figures in other perspective means loss of 20 lakh graduates every year.
The tales of engineering graduates doesn’t end here. Less than 1% of engineering student participate in summer internship and only 15% of engineering programs offered by almost 3200 engineering college are accredited by the NBA (National Board of Accreditation)
To end this stream of ignorance and carelessness, HRD ministry is making all the efforts to bring some major changes in the India's Technical Education and the first action in this direction was the introduction of the single National Entrance Exam for getting admissions into various Technical colleges of India.
According to the senior MHRD official "NEETI (for admission to engineering programs) will be the first exam to be conducted by the National Testing Service (NTS), which will be completely computer-based. "In all probability, NTS will be ready by January 2018 to conduct the NEETI as well as National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medical courses. The exams will be conducted multiple times in a year."
According to the plans, the first exam of NEETI is most likely to be held in December 2017-January 2018, followed by another one in March 2018 and the third on May 2018.
The official also told that NTS will also conduct the entrance exam for IIT.
The examination pattern will be the same as that of IIT on the responsibility of conducting the exam is shifted to NTS. The AICTE has also set the board targets in order to raise the standard of technical education which includes the industrial exposure of at least 75% students in the form of summer internship.