After accepting NEET 2013, Gujarat has decided to join the JEE (Joint Entrance Exam) from next year. The JEE has been proposed to replace multiple engineering entrance exams in India and will be introduced next year.
Till now students were required to take up GUJCET (Gujarat Common Entrance Test), AIEEE (All India Engineering Entrance Exam), IIT-JEE (IIT Joint Entrance Exam), AIPMT (All India Pre Medical Test) and other state level entrance exams. In 2011, out of the 75000 candidates who took science (A group) stream exams in Class XII, 60,000 appeared for both IITJEE and AIEEE.
Center has approved to hold the JEE in Gujarati language too apart from Hindi and English. Educationists expressed that Single national tests will help local students to develop their competitive skills and provide them ample opportunity to achieve admission in college all over India.
Separate state and national merit list will be prepared for JEE and NEET. 85% seats will be allotted for local candidates and remaining from all-India quota. For NEET, state government has also promised to lower the merit for local students provided seats are left vacant in the state quota.
The state had 10,678 vacant seats in pharmacy and engineering colleges after the admissions for students who qualified supplementary exams ended on August 25, 2012. In total 3137 seats remained vacant of which 3108 were allotted to students who could not clear the paper in first attempt but passed the papers in supplementary exams.
Out of 10,678 seats, 3225 are vacant in pharmacy colleges while 7453 remain vacant in engineering colleges. The Director of technical education will decide if the vacant seats are to be given to colleges or should be reshuffled.
Source: Times of India
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