No scares with the AIEEE this year say experts
No scares with the AIEEE this year say experts
Experts who've analysed the All-India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) 2012 offline test are unanimous on one point: it had no nasty surprises.
Mathematics was tougher than last year, but even then, the section had questions that were direct and formula-based. The difficulty level of Physics and Chemistry was the same as last year's.
'Chemistry was the simplest, followed by Mathematics and then Physics,' informs Sharad Awasthi, Chief Operating Officer of the education service provider, CL Educate, formerly known as Career Launcher.
Even the distribution of questions from the syllabi of classes XI and XII was pretty fair.
There were 30 questions in each subject, including five 'Assertion-Reasoning'- type questions in Mathematics and three in Physics. 'These questions covered almost everything from classes XI and XII,' Awasthi says.
'But Mathematics had a few extra questions from Permutations and Combinations as well as from the chapters on Integration.'
A diploma for aspiring education The offline test on April 29 was taken by around 58,000 aspirants in 61 centres. The online test, which was first administered on May 7 (Monday), will now be given on May 12, 19 and 26.
'The offline test must have come as a relief to the online test takers,' says Awasthi. 'They do not have much to worry about the question paper.' The test, as in the previous years, followed the single-paper format.
Each section of the paper was of 120 marks, so the total added up to 360. Students who score more than 290, predict experts, are likely to find themselves in the rank range of 300.
The results are expected to be announced by June 15. Another important point that came out of the offline test analysis is that many of the questions were repeats from the IIT-JEE and years.
'The format of the questions was identical, though the figures were changed,' says Awasthi. 'This can be a pointer to the online test takers.'
This year, test takers have an additional advantage. Those offline applicants who were not able to make it to the test centres for various reasons have been given the option of applying for the online test scheduled for May 12, 19 and 26.
AIEEE 2010 topper and Education Mail columnist Vipul Singh finds these changes heartening. 'It is good to see a lot of changes in the positive direction,' he says. 'I am sure in the years ahead, AIEEE will keep getting easier, unless of course it is merged with the other tests and discontinued in its present form.'
A diploma for aspiring education
The Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU), which has been rolling out new courses with a heartening regularity, has announced a post-graduate diploma programme in Education Leadership and Management (PGDELM).
It comes close on the heels of the university rolling out an M.Tech. in Food Processing Technology and PG Diploma in Radiological Physics.
The PGDELM programme, which will be flagged off in August, is designed to prepare professionals for management roles in educational institutions and enhance their competence in building sustainable institutions.
The course will have 25 seats and preference will be given to those working in the education sector with a degree or diploma in Education.
'We do have good teachers in our country but there is a dearth of good leaders who can lead institutions,' Saroj Sharma, GGSIPU's Dean of Education, said at the release of the brochure.
'The course will cover financial, management and legal aspects of education. The students will also be trained in the efficient management of human resources,' she added.
The one-year programme will include a compulsory internship during the last month where students will be sent to NGOs and leading educational institutions.
Offering a rationale for the programme, Bandyopadhyay said: 'For a teaching professional, it is really difficult to handle administrative areas such as finance, purchase, management, HR and dealing with stakeholders.
This programme will prove to be a boon for those who aspire to move into the area of educational administration, where the demand for trained professionals is rising.' The candidates, who must be graduates with minimum of 50 per cent, will have to take a written test, followed by a group discussion and personal interview. J
uly 16 is the last date for the submission of the application form.
Visit www.ipu.ac.in for details
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