Jalna: Maharashtra will adopt the single common entrance test (CET) model for admissions to engineering colleges, including IITs and NITs, from 2013, state technical education minister Rajesh Tope said on Monday.

"A proposal in this regard has been prepared and will soon be presented to the state Cabinet for its approval," Tope told a press conference.

The new format suggested by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal for admission to all centrally funded engineering institutions IITs, NITs, IIITs etc proposes one common entrance test, the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), which will replace the old IIT-JEE and AIEEE.

"Maharashtra government will give 50 percent weightage to marks scored by students of both English and non-English medium schools in their class XII exam", Tope said.

The minister also said that day and night classes had been initiated for the minority communities at stat polytechnic colleges.

Referring to deficient rain condition in the district, Tope said that the government will initiate measures to tackle the situation and ensure that agricultural power connection are not disconnected by the state utilities.


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