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Common Entrance Tests In Andhra To Be Held Online From 2017

As part of its initiative to go digital, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to conduct all its Common Entrance Tests (CETs) online from next year, besides Intermediate and SSC examinations.

This means from next year all CETs, except Physical Education Common Entrance Test (PECET), Eamcet, Integrated Common Entrance Test (ICET), Education Common Entrance Test (EDCET), Engineering Common Entrance Test (ECET), Post-graduate Engineering Common Entrance Test (PGECET), Law Common Entrance Test (LAWCET) and Post Graduate Law Common Entrance Test (PGLCET), will be held online.

After holding meeting with AP State Council of Higher Education(APSCHE) here on Friday, HRD minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao said that as the majority of the entrance tests were being held online across the nation, the state government too has decided to conduct these exams through online. A committee is being constituted to conduct the examinations, he said.

According to HRD minister, the decision to hold online examinations for all the CETs was taken in consultation with the officials of the APSCHE. "Since all the major entrance examinations in the country are being conducted online we have also decided to adopt the same mode. This is also part of national digitalisation programme," Srinivasa Rao said.

"The government is even planning to conduct SSC and Intermediate examinations online from next year. Officials of school education and board of intermediate are working on it," he said.

The HRD minister said the students of the state who want to get into medical courses should be ready for taking National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for MBBS Course (NEET-UG ) from next year as the state has decided to join the NEET.

Asserting that the government was according top priority to improving infrastructure in all the universities in the state, the HRD minister said the government had released ` 190 crore for the purpose. "We want our universities to have top quality infrastructure. This will help in improving the standard of education in universities in the state," he said. To pay tributes to former President and missile man late APJ Abdul Kalam, the state government has decided to present 'Pratibha puraskar' to outstanding students of the state on October 15 (Kalam's birth anniversary) every year, the minister informed.

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