IITs + NITs + IIITs = Common and Effective Test from 2013
Good news for inter students Government Of India is plaining for a common test for IITs, NITs, IIITs from 2013, Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, who made the announcement after chairing a joint council of IITs, NITs and IIITs, said the selection of the candidates for the IITs and other central institutes would be different even as all the aspirants will have to go through all the steps under new format. This system will replace the IIT-JEE and AIEEE.
For admission to all the Central Government funded institutes, there should be 40% weight age for performance in Class XII (after normalisation of marks), 30% weight-age to performance in main and 30% in the advanced test.
In case of IITs, there would be a filtering process involved. The board results and the main test will be given 50% weightage each. Only the top 50,000 students will be selected for the advance test after taking into account their performance in the board results and the main result.
Sibal felt the format will not only help in reviving and revitalising the school system but also reduce the element of discretion in different institutes and address the issue of the coaching menace.
“We believe a lot of students, who do exceptionally well in the state boards, will have a chance to get admitted to the IITs. The ultimate representation will be far more inclusive than in the past,” he said.
Talking about the upcoming meeting of the state education ministers’ on June 5, he said the participation of states in the common national test process would be deliberated upon.
When asked as to why the selection process for IITs was different, IIT Kanpur director S Dhande contended that “since the kind of education we give is not AICTE prescribed and is different, it requires a different kind of mindset and hence the attributes of selection criteria is different”.
Intervening at this, Sibal said “Let me be honest… there is lot of resistance from the IIT system. We have accepted. They (the IITs) have a point of view probably I don’t understand much, but they have decided to move to the other system by 2015.”
He said there were oppositions from the directors on the new format, who had their own views. But the Ministry agreed to their core demands of IITs such as merit list based on the advance test only and keeping the academic control with IITs only.
He said the other demand of holding the test under the new format from 2014 was, however, turned down.
The process of establishing a coordination between COBSE and JAB-IIT for implementation of core curriculum in science and maths across CBSE/ICSE and state boards shall be put in place immediately.
Students appearing for the country’s most prestigious engineering institutes will face a whole new system class 12 board exam results will be taken into account along with a two-tier joint entrance examination.
There is mixed reaction to the move so far. While some think this will shut out commercially run tuition colleges that are unavailable to the poor and in rural areas, others worry the burden on students just got more difficult to bear.