Hyderabad, February 17
The officials of both Telugu states – Telangana and Andhra Pradesh – are gearing up to submit proposals to cancel Eamcet from 2018-19. If their efforts bear fruits, then 2017-18 will be the last Eamcet.
It is known that National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) will be held from the present academic year for admissions into MBBS and BDS courses across the country. The Centre is mulling to introduce single test for admissions into engineering courses also.
The Centre has already decided to set up national testing service and taking up measures to conduct a single entrance test for all professional courses from the next academic year.
The officials are enquiring whether to take JEE as the base of engineering admissions or to conduct another exam. The centre will seek the opinions of the states soon.
The officials said it is better to cancel Eamcet if a national-level test is conducted for engineering admissions. But a few officials said that minimum two years advance announcement is needed to cancel Eamcet. Then 2017-18 will be the last Eamcet. They felt 371(D) rule will become a hurdle in this regard.
Normally under a national-level test, 85 per cent seats for locals and 15 per cent seats will be allotted to non-locals in every State. Since 371(D) rule is being implemented in both AP and Telangana, the students of both these states could not get a chance at national level. Students of other states have no chance in Telugu states.