The Ministry Spar Over Common AIEEE and AIPMT Entrance
Spar Over Common Medical and Engineering
EntranceThe health ministry on Friday attempted to put a spanner in HRD ministry's proposal through the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to hold a single examination for Class XII passouts for medical and engineering colleges at the all-India level by integrating AIPMT and AIEEE.
While All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Examination (AIPMT) is conducted to fill 15% seats in MBBS/BDS courses in government medical and dental colleges against the all-India quota, the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) is for drawing up a combined merit list for different categories of engineering colleges. CBSE conducts both AIPMT and AIEEE every year.
Ahmed listed out the benefits of amalgamation of AIPMT and AIEEE — candidates will be less stressed as selection would be based on common test tools and they will be able to appear in medical as well as engineering entrance examination in one go; parents too will be less stressed and less financially burdened; emphasis would shift to classroom teaching than coaching. But, when Ahluwalia insisted a combined entrance examination could result in lateral overlapping in the merit lists, the bench wondered whether the objection was genuine.