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Govt agency to conduct entrance tests for higher education
By TOG News Service
Mar 12, 2018

 TOG News Service, NEW DELHI, MAR 12, 2018: THE MoS (HRD), Dr Satya Pal Singh, today in Parliament stated that the Union Cabinet had approved the establishment of the National Testing Agency (NTA), an autonomous and self-reliant agency, tasked with conducting entrance examinations for higher education institutes in the country.

The Union Cabinet held a meeting on on November 10, 2017, wherein the idea was approved to establish the NTA. It would initially conduct those entrance examinations which were currently being conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The examinations would be conducted online, twice a year in order to give adequate opportunity to candidates to bring out their best. In order to serve the requirements of the rural students, NTA would locate the centres at sub-district and district level and as far as possible would provide hands-on training to the students.

Thereby, Dr Singh stated that in this regard, extensive consultations had been made with the Ministries and Departments concerned. In fact, a workshop involving officials from the Central and various State Governments, had been held on September 1, 2017.