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The government plans to conduct a single entrance examination for admissions to undergraduate programmes in central government’s engineering institutes such as Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NIT) and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) from 2013.
The Union ministry of human resource development (MHRD) has decided to merge the present IIT-Joint Entrance Examination (JEEs) and the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) into one common test, in which 40% weightage will be given to class 12 exam of state boards and the rest to two tests - Main and Advanced — to be held same day. However, the state engineering colleges, private institutes and deemed universities can continue to have their separate exams as of now because a majority of the states are reluctant to adopt the central formula. Though HRD minister Kapil Sibal said the states have “in-principle” endorsed the Centre’s formula, the fact remains that despite the government’s claim that the single test will bring down the stress level among students and curb the dependency on coaching centres, the states are reluctant with anything that interferes with their functioning. For instance, Tamil Nadu gives 100% weightage to state board exam results and told the Centre that it was not keen to disturb its present arrangement. As of now, there are about 150 entrance exams conducted by various state boards and institutions, including the IIT-JEE, annually. Unable to garner support from a majority of states, Sibal said the first common examination will be held only for admission to central government-funded engineering institutions (IIT, NIIT and IIITs). A merit list will prepared on the basis of this test using which aspirants can seek admission. A student will get three chances to improve the percentile and the marks of this entrance test will be valid for two years. The tests will be conducted in English and Hindi. The academic component of the Main and Advanced examinations will be handled by IITs, while the management and conduct of the examination would be done by the CBSE in collaboration with state boards. The MHRD suggested the states to adopt their own weightages for state board exam marks and the national exams for admission to state-level institutions. They could also adopt 100% weightage for state board results. Sibal also clarified that the reform would not affect reservations followed by states and the Centre. The government will now try to get deemed universities on board as well as they have in the past used AIEEE for admissions.
Courtesy: DNA India
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