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Deemed universities are likely to adopt a single entrance test for undergraduate engineering programmes. Incidentally, the format of a common test had met with opposition from some sections in the Indian Institutes of Technology. In a meeting with HRD minister Kapil Sibal on Monday, 25th June, 2012 the university heads gave their in-principle approval to the new format. At present, several deemed universities conduct their own entrance tests, while some adopt AIEEE scores and the rest take state JEE results. This step is aimed at reducing stress among students appearing for multiple exams for entrances. Sources said that the universities had agreed to give a minimum of 40% weightage to board marks.
The ministry has, however, been cautious in its approach. It has asked universities to respond to the proposal formally, and also announced that any concerns would be dealt with in subsequent meetings. Sources said that varsities would have the freedom to choose appropriate weightages for performance in Class XII Boards and the main exam standardized on percentile basis. Universities willing to give 100% weightage to class XII board marks performance for admission were also welcome to do so, though 40% would be the minimum. Sibal said the deemed universities were welcome to join the proposed test so that not only the system of exam is streamlined but also reduces the stress on the students appearing in multiple tests. The minister’s suggestion implies students aspiring to join engineering programmes under these universities would not have to appear for the advance test as has been proposed under the new system. After detailed discussions, the universities welcomed the proposal of having a single exam in engineering giving weightage to school board marks. They assured Sibal that they would be intimating their decision on the weightages for the two Board marks and the main exam, a ministry statement said.
Courtesy: Times of India
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