A common entrance exam for engineering and medicine aspirants after Class XII instead of a separate All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE) and All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT), a full-fledged curriculum for value education for schools, mandatory sports classes across schools, and insurance and housing schemes for 60 lakh school teachers — these are among the new key initiatives Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal announced on Friday as part of his next one-year agenda.
Briefing the media after a meeting of the State Education Ministers in New Delhi, Sibal said the government wanted to reduce the multiplicity of entrance examinations for entry to higher education. To start with, a combined entrance exam for engineering and medicine would be started in 2011.
“While there will be one common entrance exam designed to test raw intelligence and aptitude of students after Class XII, we will also mull over the weightage that should be given to Class XII marks and the scores attained in this aptitude test. Most states also said they were not averse to the idea. There will also be a value education curriculum that will be prepared with the help of NCERT and other stakeholders, and physical education will be made part of school syllabus for a more holistic development of children,” Sibal said.