GUWAHATI, Oct 27 � The decision of the State Government to subject the aspirants for undertaking engineering courses in State's colleges to All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) has created quite a resentment among the guardians whose wards are pursuing higher secondary studies through vernacular medium. The Government has proposed to give effect to the decision from the next academic session.
The Directorate of Technical Education in a newspaper advertisement recently stated that the Higher Education (Technical) Department of the State has decided that admission to various under graduate courses in engineering colleges of the State should be made on the basis of AIEEE ranking.
"As such," it said, "there will not be CEE (Combined Entrance Examination) in the year 2011 for admission for the session 2011-12. Instead, counseling for the seats in the State Engineering Colleges and the MHRD seats for State of Assam will be done on the basis of ranking of AIEEE."
Significantly, the AIEEE is meant for admission to the NITs. In the CEE examinations, held for the admission to the State's engineering colleges, candidates can write even in their vernacular mediums and there is no provision for negative marking.
But in the AIEEE, candidates will have to write in English and the provision of negative marking is also there, alleged the anxious guardians. The new approach of the State Government towards engineering college admission is bound to affect a huge number of aspirants.
There is no justification for such a shift in the Government's approach on the matter, which is also to create one more problem for the vernacular medium students. These students are pursuing the State's Higher Secondary Council courses. But in the CBSE courses dominate the AIEEE system, said these guardians.
Moreover, the centre of the AIEEE will be located only in a limited number of places, whereas the CEE centres are spread over different areas of the state, alleged the guardians.