Admission to all engineering colleges in the country will be done through a single entrance examination from next year, the government said on Friday, doing away with multiple tests conducted by central agencies, state governments and private institutions. students seeking admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will have to clear the JEE-Advanced after taking the engineering entrance exam. The human resource development ministry cleared a proposal by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the country’s top body which frames rules and regulations for engineering and technical institutes.The HRD ministry   also said that AICTE was advised to ensure that the testing process is standardized keeping in view the linguistic diversity of the country. The test shall also be conducted multiple times every year,

The ministry has asked the council to issue suitable regulations under the AICTE Act.

The aim was to make the process more transparent, standardized, and free of corruption and commercialization, a government official said, referring to allegations that some private institutions charge exorbitant capitation fee from students. India has more than 3,300 approved engineering colleges affiliated to universities, with an annual intake of an estimated 1.6 million students. But only about half of the seats are filled. Due to this many engineering colleges have been shut down this year in various states like Maharashtra.The current admission process at the graduation level is dependent on performance in entrance examinations conducted by various agencies..

Some of the private colleges admit students without basic talent and aptitude for engineering, affecting overall quality, the source said. Of the 737,000 graduates in 2014-15, only half found employment. Most of the students didn’t meet expectations of companies offering jobs. The HRD ministry asked state governments and deemed universities to provide suggestions for smooth implementation of the regulation.

The ministry also said that It may also be useful to request as many institutions as possible to come under joint seat allocation system for a more efficient seat allocation process. Actions taken in this regard may be intimated to the government.