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After NEET, it’s the turn of Iseet to kick up a controversy. The Union ministry of HRD has decided to scrap IIT-JEE and AIEEE from next year and replace them with a single entrance test called Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET) for admissions to prestigious IITs, NITs, IIITs and other centrally funded technical institutions.
Another significant change is that along with the ISEET scores, student's Class XII marks will have 40 per cent weightage. The Union ministry’s decision has triggered protests from IIT-JEE and AIEEE aspirants, parents and college man, agreements across the State. They want the Centre and State governments to implement exam changes from 2014, so that a fresh batch of students who take admission in 10+2 courses in the coming academic year, 2012-13, can prepare for the pattern accordingly. The state government will take up the issue with the Centre during the conference of state education ministers convened by the Union HRD ministry on February 22 in New Delhi. There is also stiff opposition to the proposal to give 40 per cent weightage for 10+2 marks in ISEET, when there is no national common curriculum for 10+2 across the country.In view of the Centre proposing Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET) for admissions to prestigious IITs, NITs, IIITs and other centrally funded technical institutions, Mr. M.V.S Satyanarayana, a senior IIT-JEE trainer said, “Different states have different Boards to conduct 10+2 exams. The syllabus is different. The evaluation of answer scripts and marking system are also different. It will be unfair to give 40 per cent weightage for 10+2 marks in Iseet scores that will determine admission to prestigious IITs and NITs, without bringing a common national syllabus”. “Let the Centre first create a level-playing field by bringing a national common syllabus at 10+2 level. Then it can think of giving 40 per cent weightage for 10+2 marks,” he says. Even IITians are strongly opposing ISEET saying that “it will lower the standards of IITs, which have been criticised of late for not living up to the high standards expected of them”. The timing has also been criticised. Any changes should be applicable to fresh batch of students. “We are already preparing to face the IIT-JEE and AIEEE in 2013. How can we change our mode of preparation at this juncture?” asked M. Aishwarya, an Inter second year student.
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