New Delhi: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday cleared a proposal for creation of a National Testing Agency (NTA), to conduct national level entrance exams like JEE Main, NEET UG, UGC NET, etc.
At present Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts nine diferent examinations which include the most coveted JEE Main conducted for undergraduate engineering programmes, NEET-UG conducted for undergraduate medical and dental programmes on behalf of Medical Council of India and Health Ministry, NET conducted on behalf of UGC.
Other key exmas which fall in the ambit of CBSE right now are Central Teacher Eligibility Tets (CTET), and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) Admission Test. Prakash Javadekar welcomed the decision in three successive tweets and said that it was a much needed education reform.
The NTA will be chaired by an eminent educationist appointed by Human Resources Development Ministry, the CEO will be the Director General, who will be appointed by the government and there will be a Board of Governors comprising members from user institutions.
To facilitate students in rural areas, the agency would locate exam centres at sub-district/district level and as far as possible would undertake hands-on training exercise for the students. The release also said that NTA would be given a onetime grant of Rs. 25 crore from the government for operation in the first year after which it will be self-sustainable.