NEW DELHI/HYDERABAD: HRD minister Kapil Sibal’s pet mission to hold a single entrance test for admissions to undergraduate science and engineering programmes across the country failed to have the expected take off Wednesday with a large number of states asking for “more time to think over it.” While Andhra Pradesh wanted the ISEET (Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test) to be held only from 2014 and be held in Telugu as well, Tamil Nadu rejected the very idea of a common entrance test.
Kerala, Odisha, Puducherry, Himachal Pradesh and West Bengal made their displeasure known at the state education ministers’ meeting held Wednesday and asked for more time.
The state was represented at the meeting by deputy chief minister and minister for higher education Damodara Rajanarisimha who urged the Centre to introduce ISEET from 2014 onwards, instead of 2013.
Rajanarasimha felt that this would give ample time to students joining intermediate this year to prepare for the test.
The Centre wants to put the test in place next year itself, in which case the students finishing their first year of intermediate studies would hava a sudden change in their syllabus for the entrance exams.
Rajanarasimha also urged the Centre to conduct ISEET in Telugu language too as more than 50 percent of the students in the state study in Telugu medium schools.
One of the main objection put forward by the Tamil Nadu higher education minister P Palaniappan was that the common test would interfere with the rights of the state governments in administering the education system and create problems in implementing the reservation policy amounting to violation of federal rights.
According to sources, Kapil Sibal, intervened at this juncture and assured the ministers that ISEET will in no way come in the way of the existing reservation system.
Sibal clarified that the states can adopt their own weightage for the state board marks for admission to statelevel institutions.