New Delhi, March 22: The Centre plans a National Testing Agency to conduct various kinds of entrance exams.
To begin with, human resource development minister M.M. Pallam Raju said, the proposed agency will hold two tests:
The National Eligibility Test (NET), now conducted by the University Grants Commission for teachers’ posts in colleges and universities;
The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), conducted by the Indian Institutes of Technology for admission to MTech courses.
Having a national agency conduct these tests will relieve the burden on the IITs and the University Grants Commission, sources said.
Higher education secretary Ashok Thakur said the proposed agency might start operating from next year. “We want the tests conducted more professionally,” he said.
A panel on IIT-JEE reforms had suggested the creation of a statutory body to conduct exams for admission to the IITs, IIMs and medical colleges.
But Thakur said the proposed agency might be formed through an executive order and not set up as a statutory body through an act of Parliament.