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#Budget2017: Govt to establish National Testing Agency for entrance examinations in higher education institutions

New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while presenting the General Budget 2017-18 in Parliament on Wednesday said that the government proposes to establish a National Testing Agency as an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organisation to conduct all entrance examinations for higher education institutions.

“This would free CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education), AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) and other premier institutions from these administrative responsibilities so that they can focus more on academics,” said Jaitley.

The announcement means the proposed National Testing Agency, once established, would start conducting the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses thus freeing CBSE and NBE (National Board of Examinations) which currently are mandated to conduct NEET UG and NEET PG respectively from this responsibility.

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