New Delhi, November 11: The Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the creation of National Testing Agency (NTA) to conduct entrance examinations for Higher Education institutions. The NTA is expected to relieve the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and others from the responsibility of conducting the entrance examinations.

Human Resource Development minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday termed the decision to create NTA historic and said it will bring in high reliability, standardised assessing aptitude and conduct of tamper-proof exams.

Javadekar took to Twitter and said,”Cabinet approves creation of National Testing Agency, a single agency to conduct all entrance exams for HE institutions. With experts on board, it will bring in high reliability, standardised assessing aptitude & conduct of tamper-proof exams. Setting up of National Testing Agency is a historic decision and a much needed education reform.”

As per reports, the Central Government will provide the NTA a one-time grant of Rs 25 crores to start its operation in the first year and thereafter, it is to be financially self-sustainable.

He also said that this new agency will take the burden off of CBSE, which presently conducts nine type of entrance examination including Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET), University Grant Commission’s National Eligibilty Test(UGC NET), Joint Engineering Entrance(JEE) Mains, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV), in which around 70 lakhs students appear annually.