Pune, 21st January 2023: In June, the then Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant announced that from the next academic year (2023-24), consideration should be given to 50 per cent marks each in Class 12 and CET for admission to professional degree courses in the state.
However, since no government decision or circular has been released in this regard since then, confusion has arisen among parents and students regarding the admission process for the next academic year.
Entrance exams for professional courses in the state are conducted by the State Common Entrance Test (CET). In addition, lakhs of students apply for CET for engineering, pharmaceutical, and agriculture courses. It is observed that the students do not give importance to the class 12 syllabus and exam as admission to professional courses is based on CET marks only. Private tution classes are arranged to improve CET marks.
In this background, the then Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant had said in a press conference in Pune that to keep the importance of the class 12 examination intact, consideration is being given to giving importance to 50 per cent marks of class 12 and CET. He also mentioned the implementation of this decision from the academic year 2023-24.
After the transfer of power in the state, Samant was entrusted with the Industries Department instead of the Higher and Technical Education Department. Hence, it is seen that the subject of CET and class 12 marks have been left behind after the change of minister. No circular, or government decision has been published by the Higher and Technical Education Department, CET Cell regarding this subject. Therefore, there is an atmosphere of confusion among parents and students.
The current Higher and Technical Education Minister Chandrakant Patil said, “No decision has been taken so far on giving equal importance to CET and class 12 marks. However, this is an important and sensitive topic. Therefore, a decision will be taken after discussing this issue in the Cabinet.”