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The Indian Institutes of Technology want a say in the new entrance examination that the Centre has proposed to replace the IIT-Joint Entrance Examination in 2013. While members of the senate of IIT-Kanpur and IIT-Delhi have written to the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) asking that their suggestions be taken into consideration, the IIT-Madras Faculty Association has sent its views to the other IITs to express solidarity on the issue. Some of these academics say they understand the intentions and reasons for the change, but charge the ministry with rushing through with the change without considering the views of stakeholders. "We were never consulted on the proposed change.
We are for the inclusion of higher secondary marks in the admission process and feel that the marking formula proposed by the Indian Statistical Institute is fair. But why is the ministry in such a hurry to start the new test in 2013 without looking into the pros and cons?" asked S. K. Das, president of the IIT-Madras Faculty Association. The IIT-Kanpur senate held a special meeting on March 24 to discuss the ministry's proposal to adopt the Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET) in place of the IIT-JEE. "We agree that the present system must be modified and want to provide suggestions on how best to make the change. The ISEET proposal is sketchy and nothing has been formally documented. Whatever we know of the exam is through a presentation and from media," said chairman of the board of governors of IIT Kanpur M. Anandakrishnan. "We have asked the ministry to put out the proposal in a formal document so we can provide feedback. We are sure that the MHRD will consider our views." The IIT-Madras Faculty Association has sent suggestions to the other IITs so they may be presented to the MHRD. Association members suggested that one of the changes they would like to see in the new test is the replacement of multiple-choice questions with problems. "Around 10 years ago the problem solving section in the IIT-JEE was replaced with multiple-choice questions. We have noticed that after this, there has been a decrease in problem-solving ability of students selected. The students now are good at guessing, but not at solving problems," Prof Das said. The ministry suggested that the ISEET replace the IIT-JEE and AIEEE, and serve as a single national entrance test for admission to engineering and science courses in all centrally-funded institutions, including the IITs, the National Institutes of Technology, Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research, Indian Institutes of Information Technology, and the Indian Institute of Science. Under the new system, 60% weightage will be given to ISEET scores and 40% to the Class 12 board exam marks.
Courtesy: Times of India
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