Gujarat state government has decided to make the JEE exam optional for admissions to engineering colleges within the state. Read further to know the details.
The Gujarat State government has released a fresh notification stating that admissions in the engineering institutions within the state will be done on the basis of Gujarat Common Entrance Test (GujCET) and class 12 marks. Till date the engineering college admissions in Gujarat were made through JEE exam. However, the exam has now been made optional.
Students studying under the Gujarat board, who wish to study at the local level and do not want to compete at the national level, are expected to benefit the most from this move. The State Education Minister, Bhupendrasinh Chudasama mentioned that the merit list for admissions in state engineering colleges will be made giving 60% weight-age to class 12 marks and 40% weight-age to GujCET marks.
He also mentioned that mandatory JEE scores lead to a waste of monetary funds, and unwanted mental stress for students who do not want to go outside Gujarat for admissions. It has been made optional for those students who wish to seek admissions on All India quota seats and in universities that only accept JEE scores.
The JEE exam was made mandatory in the Gujarat state in 2009. As the exam was taken in the Gujarati language, a huge number of students from the state took admissions in IITs and other top engineering colleges in India. As per reports, 150 students took admissions in IITs and other colleges in 2009, which jumped to 1200 students in 2015, seeing an 800% increase.