Testing agency to conduct HE entrance exams

The government last week announced setting up an autonomous National Testing Agency for conducting entrance exams to higher education institutions, reports TNN.

"We propose to set up a National Testing Agency as an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing agency to conduct all entrance exams to higher education," Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, presenting the Union Budget 2017-18. "This would free the Central Board of Secondary Education and the All India Council for Technical Education from administrative responsibility, so that they can focus more on academics."

The government also proposes to create an innovative fund for secondary education for ensuring universal access, gender parity and quality improvement. Delivering his budget speech, the finance minister said this will include ICT-enabled learning, transformation and the focus will be on 3,479 educationally backward blocks.
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