AICTE vice-chairman addresses students at 27th convocation of Sathyabama Institute
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) vice-chairman M.P. Poonia said there was a proposal to conduct NEET for engineering courses and the tests would be conducted from 2019.
He was at the 27th convocation held at Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology (SIST) in Semmenchery on Sunday.
Resistance from States
While the AICTE had floated the idea of a common entrance exam for engineering on the lines of the medical admissions in 2017 itself, there had been resistance from many States against the test.
In Tamil Nadu, the opposition parties are still against the NEET for medical admissions. In this context, the AICTE vice-chairman has indicated the possibility of a NEET for engineering courses in the next academic year itself. In his convocation address, Mr. Poonia emphasised that student upbringing was significant for societal development. He urged the students to prove themselves to create an identity for them in future.
Trilochan Mohapatra, Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, and S. Somanath, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, received the honorary doctorate presented by Chancellor Remibai Jeppiaar.
Around 3,000 students received their degrees. Last academic year, 1,389 students from various disciplines in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses got placed.