West Bengal may abolish JEE

The West bengal state higher education department might consider doing away with the joint entrance examination (WBJEE) if Tamil Nadu's decision to abolish JEE for engineering and medical courses is upheld by the Supreme Court, Reports the Statesman.

Mr Sudarshan Roychoudhury,State higher education minister, today (july 21, 2008) said in the Assembly that they are keeping a tab on the issue taken by Tamil Nadu to abolish the JEE for engineering and medical. He said the decision has been okayed by the Tamil Nadu High Court but the matter is now pending at the Supreme Court.

“It is a good proposal to consider admission on the basis of merit in engineering and medical courses. But there is a problem too. There are a number of councils which hold higher secondary examinations. It is difficult to bring a parity in all these examinations,” said Mr Roychoudhury.

However, the higher education minister informed the Assembly that he would put forward a proposal to do away with the age bar in medical entrance test in the review meeting of the JEE board this year. The minister said this while replying to a question raised by Mr Manas Bhunia of the Congress in which he asked why the state has imposed an age bar in the medical entrance test when the Medical Council of India has no such preconditions.

The minister said they do not have any plan to bifurcate the JEE board and set up two separate boards to hold engineering and medical entrance tests separately. He added that the state government has taken a series of steps to stop irregularities that were taking place in JEE. The minister also informed the Assembly that police are still investigating the JEE racket case that was exposed by Kolkata Police last year.

Source - The Statesman

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