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With the government planning to scrap the 50-year-old IIT-JEE exam, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Council will have a crucial meeting on Saturday, 12th May, 2012 to decide the fate of the exam and find an alternative. The meeting is also a build-up to the country’s highest education advisory body, Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE), which is set to meet next month. The meeting assumes significance as the ministry of human resource development’s (MHRD) proposal of a common national entrance exam for students aspiring to join central engineering institutions has been in-principle approved by states.
If implemented, the exam will reduce the burden of multiplicity of exams on students. The aptitude-cum-advanced knowledge test will be in place in 2013 once the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and the All-India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) are merged. “We are yet to discuss the issue and the decision will happen after a consensus,” said an IIT director who is coming to attend the meeting in Delhi. Incidentally, the IITs and National Institutes of Technology (NITs) are opposing the scrapping of the JEE on grounds of dilution of quality. Also, the CABE committee meeting has been postponed by almost a month as the government and stakeholders could not find common ground for the national level exam. While the IITs and other central educational institutions are proposing to adopt a weightage of 40% for state board marks, test scores will have 60% weightage. However, states can adopt their own weightages for state board marks and the national examinations for admission to state-level institutions. The academic component of the main and advanced examinations would be handled by IITs whereas the management and conduct of the examination would be done by CBSE in collaboration with state boards.
Courtesy: The Financial Express
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