Efforts on to bring in consensus over common engineering test to replace IIT-JEE, AIEEE


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10 Apr 2012 09:16:59 IST , Economic Times
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Efforts on to bring in consensus over common engineering test to replace IIT-JEE, AIEEE

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Hectic efforts are underway to bring in some IIT senates, believed to be against the proposed common entrance test for undergraduate engineering programmes, onboard on the issue before the Central Advisory Board of Education meets here on April 23.

CABE, the highest decision making body on education in the country, could take a concrete view on the entrance test which HRD Ministry proposed to hold from 2013.

In the run up to the meet, an IIT panel has already visited IIT-Kanpur and left for IIT-Bombay today as these institutes have expressed opposition to the proposed format that will see a ranking list prepared based on two-part objective-type tests and give weightage to Class XII marks.

The Joint IIT Council and NIT council are also slated to meet on April 14 over the issue even as IIT-Bombay faculty have contended that the reforms will not help in getting the students with right type of aptitude which the changes aspire to bring.

The council meet will be followed after HRD Minister Kapil Sibal meets the IIT heads and faculty federations.

Students of several IIT campuses have joined the protests against the government.

HRD Ministry intends to conduct the test under the new format on April 7, 2013, which will be conducted by the CBSE.

A joint admission board, which will be constituted by IIT-NIT Council, will be responsible for the overall policies and statutory responsibilities of conducting of the 2013 examination and declaration of scores.

Ministry sources said some states have agreed to accept the new format with Gujarat giving a written consent.

The test will replace the existing IIT-JEE and the All India Engineering Entrance Examination ( AIEEE).

The government had earlier said the test will be confined to the central technical institutes like IITs and NITs and to those states who are willing to adopt it.

Under the new format, the ranking list will be prepared based on Class XII results with 40 per cent weightage to be given after normalisation of marks, 30 per cent to the main test and 30 per cent to the advanced test.

Faculties feel the weightage system will fail to serve the purpose in getting good students because the knowledge of students cannot be reflected on the same scale and such weightage would not be a true assessment.

Some faculties are of the view that instead of giving weightage, compulsory marks to be scored could be increased.

The IITs, NITs and IIITs will have online counselling through a single window based on the rank.



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