New Delhi: The exercise for holding a single common entrance examination for admission in engineering courses at the national level, including IITs has begun.

A committee chaired by T Ramaswami, secretary, Department of Science and Technology would seek public opinion before giving the final nod to the entrance test. The panel was constituted to suggest ways for making structural changes in the entrance exam for IIT-JEE.

The recommendations of the committee were discussed at length in the meeting chaired by Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday.

According to sources, everyone present in the meeting mooted for a single entrance examination at the national level for all engineering courses.

Since few IIT directors were at variance with the idea, it was decided in the meeting to have a wider discussion on the issue. A website will be launched shortly for seeking public opinion in this regard.

If the government gives its nod, the students would be able to get admission in an engineering college in accordance with their all-India ranking.

It should be noted that apart from IITs and NITs every yeararound 100 engineering entrance exams are conducted in the country for admission in state and central colleges .

Earlier, HRD minister Kapil Sibal had formed Damodar Acharya Committee for reforming the IIT-JEE examination.The committee proposed a single entrance test at the national level. Apart from fixing 60 percent in class 12th as eligibility for appearing in the entrance test. The committee also recommended an aptitude test for those aspiring to get a seat in IIT.

JPN/Bureau