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Telegraph :: 14 October 2011
SC hands off IIT entrance test
New Delhi, Oct. 13 (PTI): The Supreme Court has refused to interfere with the ranking and selection procedure adopted for the IIT-JEE saying there was no arbitrariness or ulterior motives in fixing the methodology.
A bench of Justices R.V. Raveendran and A.K. Patnaik said courts would interfere with the procedure only if there was proven malafide, caprice or arbitrariness, which it said was lacking in the present system adopted by the Joint Admission Board, which conducts the exams.
“The fact that the procedure was complicated would not make it arbitrary or unreasonable or discriminatory,” Justice Raveendran said.
The apex court passed the judgment while dismissing an appeal filed by aspirant Sanchit Bansal, son of an IIT Kharagpur professor, who appeared in IIT-JEE 2006 as a general category candidate. Sanchit had secured 75 marks in mathematics, 104 in physics and 52 in chemistry, aggregating to 231.
The board had fixed the cut-off marks for admission at 37 for math, 48 for physics and 55 for chemistry and the aggregate cut-off at 154.
As Sanchit did not secure the minimum cut-off in chemistry, he failed to qualify even though his aggregate was higher than required. He then challenged the procedure on the ground that candidates with aggregates lower than his were selected.
Rejecting his plea, the court said: “For a layman, the above procedure may appear to be highly cumbersome and complicated. But the object of the aforesaid procedure for arriving at the cut-off marks is to select candidates well equipped in all the three subjects, with reference to their merit, weighed against the average merit of all the candidates who appeared in the examination.”
Times of India :: 13 October 2011
SC lauds IIT professor for helping improve JEE
IIT Kharagpur professor Rajeev Kumar suspended for tarnishing the institute's reputation has won praise from the Supreme Court for ensuring transparency in the entrance examination process.
Akshay Mukul, TNN | Oct 13, 2011
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has praised the efforts put in by Rajeev Kumar, professor of computer science, IIT Kharagpur, in improving the Joint Entrance Examination system and said that he would be "one of the many unsung heroes" who did so.
Though a bench of Justices RV Raveendran and AK Patnaik on Tuesday dismissed a special leave petition which sought admission to Kumar's son in IIT, it acknowledged that the cutoff procedure, adopted in JEE 2006, may not be the best of procedures, nor as sound and effective as the present procedures.
Praising Kumar, the SC said, "The appellant will have to be satisfied in being one of the many unsung heroes who helped in improving the system." However, Kumar remains suspended from IIT, Kharagpur for past many months.
The SC said, "The court should not interfere with the procedures, even if it was not accurate or efficient, in the absence of malafide or arbitrariness or violation of law."
However, the Bench said, "In fact the action taken by the appellants in challenging the procedure for JEE 2006, their attempts to bring in transparency in the procedure by various RTI applications, and the debate generated by the several views of experts during the course of the writ proceedings, have helped in making the merit ranking process more transparent and accurate."
The SC said, "IITs and the JEE candidates who now participate in the examinations must, to a certain extent, thank the appellants for their effort in bringing such transparency and accuracy in the ranking procedure."
While making these observations, the bench said, "If in JEE 2006, a different or better process had been adopted, or the process now in vogue had been adopted, the results would have been different and the first appellant might have obtained a seat."
It may be noted that IITs never disclosed their cutoff procedures till JEE 2006. On being challenged by the appellants, they submitted four procedures, one after another each time, when the appellant challenged that the official cutoffs could not be calculated by the disclosed procedure.
Strangely, after being challenged, the cutoffs fell down to low levels of 1, 4, 3 in JEE 2007; 5,0,3 in JEE 2008, in Maths, Physics and Chemistry respectively, whereas in 2006 the cutoffs were 37, 48 55. Though the 2006 cutoffs till now remain unexplained, the cutoff marks in subsequent JEEs increased to 11, 8, 11 in 2009; 17, 19, 19 in 2010; and 34, 20, 20 in 2011.
It was due to Kumar's efforts that the cutoff procedure are being made public from JEE 2007 onwards. His efforts have also resulted in candidates getting the question papers, answer-keys, scanned copies of their Optic Response Sheet, and their marks, within a few days of the result..
TIMES OF INDIA NEWS OF 23/09/2011 (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kanpur/JEE-could-be-in-new-avatar-in-2013/articleshow/10075679.cms)
KANPUR: The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are all set to bring a whole new change in the pattern ofJoint Entrance Exam (JEE) organised every year across the country. The changed exam pattern would be followed from the year 2013.
The new pattern of JEE would include conducting an aptitude test for the exam aspirants. The students will have to crack this aptitude test consisting of questions based on reasoning and all other subjects that the students have studied in their schools. But it is worth mentioning here that the aptitude test would also include questions related to subjects like physics, chemistry and maths.
This arrangement has been proposed in the IIT Council meeting held in Delhi on September 14 with an aim to reduce the pressure on the students.
Talking to journalists, IIT-Kanpur director Sanjay Govind Dhande said that the aim is to respect every subject that a student has studied be it history, geography or any other subject. He said that this is possible only by conducting an aptitude test which will have both qualitative and quantitive reasoning questions to solve for the students.
Dhande said it was discussed during the IIT Council meeting that instead of calculating the performance of the students on the basis of percentages received in their class XII, the weightage must be given to the percentile.
He also mentioned that it is an extremely tough task to bring about a uniformity in the percentages achieved by the students in their class XII results as the percentage achieved by a student in one state board varies from the percentage achieved by other student in some other state board. For bringing this uniformity, the percentages of students would be converted into percentiles and this would be used for further comparisons among the students."As different states have different boards and there are only two Central boards - CBSE and ICSE, it will be a difficult task to establish a uniformity in the percentages achieved by an individual student when comparing his performance with the other individuals. For this, the percentage of marks achieved by the students would be converted into a percentile. This would be done through virtual mapping by Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata", said Dhande while explaining about the proposed way through which the percentages achieved by students in class XII in their different state boards would be brought at a uniform scale.
He further said that the 50% weightage would be given to this percentile performance and other 50% weightage would be given to the performance in the JEE. It would be on the basis of these two performances that the students' ranks in the JEE would be assessed.
Dhande also added that there are 42 state boards and because of this reason, some kind of uniformity has to be established to match the performance of the individual students (in their class XII) with each other. And when so many boards are there and each one of them has its importance, the percentile match is the only way out to calculate the student's performance.
Dhande said that these recommendations have been given by Ramaswamy committee to the ministry of human resource and development but at this stage, the plan has not been approved by the government.
He added that as soon as the notification for the same will come, the changes would be made in the pattern of JEE.
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Hindustan Times :: 13 September 2011 :: hteducation
India missing from international rankings scene
Kanika Tandon, Hindustan Times | New Delhi, Sep. 13, 2011
India does not appear in the Top 200 of the recently released QS World University Rankings. Even as the US and the UK continue to dominate the international rankings scene, India’s highest-ranked institution IIT-Delhi stands at 218th position – 16 places down from last year’s 202nd place.
The UK claimed five of the top 20 places this year, including the top rank. Cambridge University maintained its slender advantage over Harvard to be the world’s number one university for the second time in a row. Oxford (5) moved up one rank followed by Imperial College London (6) and University College London (7). The University of Edinburgh (20) moved up two places this year.
Although several top US institutions have been hit by reduced endowments and budget restrictions, its supremacy continues with 13 of the US universities featuring in the top 20, six of them in the top 10. Apart from Harvard, the other five US universities among the Top 10 are: MIT (3), Yale University (4), University of Chicago (8), University of Pennsylvania (9) and Columbia University (10).
The monopoly of the US and the UK in the top 20 is only briefly interrupted by the presence of Canada and Switzerland. McGill University of Canada climbed up two places from 19th rank in 2010 to 17th position in 2011. Switzerland’s ETH Zurich maintained its 18th rank this year as well.
This neck-to-neck competition between the US and the UK is not replicated when India’s performance is compared with other Asian countries. While India is yet to secure a place in the top 200, other Asian countries such as China, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan sit comfortably among the Top 100 of the rankings table, led by University of Hong Kong (22) and University of Tokyo (25).
Indian universities have disappointed this year. All the universities – including the star performers of the country, the IITs –have dropped down several ranks.
IIT-Delhi (was ranked 202, now ranks 218); IIT-Bombay (was 187, now 225); IIT-Madras (was 262, now 281); IIT-Kanpur (was 249-306); IIT-Kharagpur (was 311, now 341); IIT-Roorkee (was 428, now 438) and IIT-Guwahati (was 501, now 563). The other universities have followed suit – University of Delhi (was 371, now 398); University of Mumbai (was 493, now 578); University of Calcutta (was 506, now 649) and University of Pune (was 578, now 661).
India’s weak points? The lack of quality research and internationalisation. But this time, the fall in the rankings is escalated by the fall in all the universities’ academic reputation.
The employer reputation of IIT-Bombay, IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Guwahati and universities of Mumbai, Calcutta and Pune has slid backwards too.
For the academic and employer ratings, inputs from as many as 33,000 academics and 16,785 employers from more than 130 countries were taken by QS, the largest surveys of their kind ever conducted.
JEE: Can X & XII marks be compared across the boards? IIT for four fold fee hike.
Times of India :: Editorial : 16 September 2011
A Common Test : An Editorial
With not a single Indian university featuring in the top 200, the 2011 QS World University Rankings make for grim reading. In fact, all Indian varsities figuring in the list have seen a significant slide in their positions. IIT Bombay - the highest ranked Indian institute last year - dropped 38 places to 225, while IIT Delhi - this year's top Indian institute - fell 16 places to finish up at 218. Instead of aiming for academic excellence Indian universities have, by and large, become factories for churning out degree holders.
Given many aspirants and few opportunities, the education system also inflicts extraordinary stress on students. While the case for educational reform has been obvious for a long time, the council of IITs has come up with an innovative suggestion in this regard. It has pitched for a national common entrance aptitude test for admissions to engineering programmes across colleges. This would replace the current system of a joint entrance exam (JEE) for IITs and separate tests for state engineering colleges. To reduce the clout of coaching institutes, weightage is also sought to be given to class XII exam results.
If the suggestions are adopted it would certainly reduce clutter in the system and therefore stress on students, although there is scope to simplify the system further. Engineering aspirants would need to appear for only one test, instead of devoting years of their lives to the taxing JEE and a plethora of other tests.
But there are problems if one tries to incorporate class XII results into the cumulative test score. Different boards have different standards and marking systems. A better approach would be to allow each institute to devise its own criteria for admission, and decide what weightage it will assign to the common aptitude test as well as to class XII results from different boards.
Moreover, there is no reason why the common aptitude test cannot be designed for admissions to colleges and universities across the board, rather than just for engineering institutes. After all, the Scholastic Aptitude Test in the US works in this way.
Such a system would radically reduce clutter for students who may not have decided what stream they wish to get into. Moreover, it would give colleges and universities the freedom to set their own criteria of admission. If they are to be pulled out of the quagmire they are in at present, the need of the hour is to push for autonomy and implement processes that allow universities a freer hand to decide on admissions, curriculum, funding and teaching methodology.
Quality cannot be engineered from above. A centralised system will only spread the mediocrity all round.
Times of India :: 16 September 2011
'Single-test policy for engineering colleges flawed'
Akshay Mukul, TNN | Sep 16, 2011
NEW DELHI: NEW DELHI: An analysis of the T Ramaswami committee report on JEE reforms, proposing a single entrance test for all engineering colleges (including IITs, NITs and private institutions) throughout the country, exposes many flaws.
This and other recommendations of the committee were accepted by the IIT Council at its meeting on Wednesday subject to the approval of the state governments and the finance ministry.
The report says weightage would be given to class 12 marks and a SAT-kind of test would be held. But the entire proposal is based on a survey of class 12 results of just four boards - CBSE, ISC, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal - though there are a total of 42. Only 2,000 people were surveyed out of which 66% were in favour of factoring in the performance in school boards and 34% were not. Out of those who were not in favour, 45% said board examinations do not assess capability and 30% feared non-uniformity. However, 85% of those surveyed supported the concept of a single entrance test.
"If there was a big enough sampling, these percentages would have increased significantly, thus, making a mockery of using class XII scores for admissions," a senior IIT functionary said. He also raised concerns about the process, especially with regard to the fairness of the testing methodology, pointing out that already there were large scale irregularities in the JEE.
When the Damodar Acharya Committee first suggested the proposal of 'normalization' of class 12 marks across boards, it was opposed by many state boards on the ground that it was not easy to do. They had also said that institutions like BITS, Pilani, and the Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering had abandoned the normalization system.
In 2007, a three judge bench of the Supreme Court (Sanjay Singh vs UP PSC), while "demonstrating the anomalies/absurdities arising from scaling (normalization)", had concluded that "there are number of methods of statistical scaling (normalization), some simple and some complex. Each method or system has its merits and demerits and can be adopted only under some certain conditions or making certain assumptions."
A comparison of the Acharya Committee report on JEE reforms and the Ramasamy committee shows there is a confusion on what model is best suited. Also, it is not clear how shifting to a new system would take away the dominance of coaching centres.
The Acharya Committee had suggested a single formula of JEE that included a weighted sum of the class 12 result and an aptitude test. The Ramaswamy panel has given six options with many variations. Acharya said only the class 12 marks should be used, while Ramasamy said it could be class 12 alone or both class 10 and 12.
"The Ramasamy proposal is not a concrete proposal, it is basically exploration of all the possible options," the director of a new IIT said. He said, "With the new proposals, there would be multiple coachings, to be started much early, for class 10, 12, an advance test, and an aptitude test." He also feared that the ultimate scenario would be cut-throat competition in class 10 and 12. "Even with 100%, a student will not able to get an IIT seat of his choice," he said.
Times of India :: 16 September 2011
100%-ters find going tough in class XI
Hemali Chhapia, TNN | Sep 16, 2011
MUMBAI: Almost all of the 464 students who got 100% in the March SSC exam this year benefitted from the 25 marks awarded for achievement in sports. The Latur division stood low in the overall performance after recording a high failure rate, but it ironically also had the largest pool of those who scored 100% in March 2011. Nashik had the fewest at 12.
While the state has decided to stop awarding the additional 25 marks to class X and XII students from the next examination, the policy pumped up the scores of many. Pushy parents, ambitious kids and brand-conscious schools responded almost uniformly to this lure.
All through the last five years when the 25 marks were doled out, heads of colleges often confessed that results were no longer the real picture of the knowledge levels of the children. The true picture emerged when all aids that propped up scores-lenient marking, overlooking of grammatical and spelling errors and getting additional marks for extracurricular activities-disappeared in the higher class.
For all its academic might, Rajarshi Shahu Science College, Latur, filled an entire batch in class XI with 100 percenters last year. "We see how each of them is struggling now. Scores went up but students are feeling the pressure of maintaining those marks. We have realized the class X results are not a correct picture of the knowledge levels of students," says Anirudh Jadhav, joint secretary of the college and the architect of the popular Latur model.
Keshavraj Mahavidyalay's vice principal U Selukar derides the 25-mark gimmickry as "banavati marks". Various parts of the state also saw a sudden spurt in private sport academies that enrolled class X students to cash in on the 25-marks bonanza.
Many like Selukar acknowledge that academies had cracked the code of how to convert students into sport stars. "They sign up students for sports like fencing and tug-of-war where the competition isn't fierce and even participation in a state-level competition qualifies them for the 25 marks." Needless to say, after the class X scorecards are handed out, not a single student is seen on the field
Times of India :: Mumbai | Pune Ed.| 16 September 2011
100% scores in SSC hide real picture
Hemali Chhapia, TNN | Sep 16, 2011
Latur: Tejashree Kore scored 567 out of 550,or 103.09%.But,the Latur girl, daughter of an auto driver, feels cheated that the Maharashtra school board rudely rounded off her score to only 100%.
It is students like Tejashree who have earned their school Shri Deshikendra Vidyalayathe moniker of The 100% Scorers Factory.
It stands along a dusty street and is a typical school where students across classes learn by repeating what the teacher reads aloud. In the last two years, this campus has graduated close to 50 students who secured a perfect cent 100% in the class X board exams.
But, although the state governments largesse of an extra 25 marks for excellence in sports has boosted many academically, students like the 19 Deshikendra Vidyalaya students including Tejashree, had to be content with a hundred percent this year.
In March 2011,464 SSC students scored 100%,while some bagged a lot more, points out board chairperson, Ujjwaladevi Patil.
Almost all these students benefited from the 25 marks awarded for achievement in sports.
The Latur division stood low in the overall performance after recording a high failure rate, but it ironically also had the largest pool of those who scored 100% in March 2011.Nashik had the fewest at 12.
Hindu :: 16 September 2011
Common entrance exam for engineering stream: State unlikely to agree
B. Aravind Kumar
The IIT Joint Council's decision to hold a joint entrance exam for IITs and NITs is unlikely to affect the fortunes of engineering aspirants in Tamil Nadu. And, the State is unlikely to agree to a common entrance exam for all engineering colleges anytime in the immediate future.
“The mindset of majority of the students and parents is rooted to studying in prestigious colleges in the State. One of the prime reasons is that the students are not taught in schools to take national competitive exams seriously. The school curriculum is more focussed on rote based and exam oriented learning than on analytical or logical reasoning,” says a former commissioner of technical education.
“Besides, the parents also are not interested in sending their children to far away places but prefer to pay capitation to enrol them in any of the deemed universities or under management quota in self-financing engineering colleges so that their children could live with them,” he says.
Over the years, the number of students aspiring to IITs and NITs by taking the JEE or AIEEE has not increased much. In the meantime, the State Government had scrapped the entrance exam to professional courses from the academic year 2005-06 to enable more students from rural background join engineering education which has taken away the competitive edge from the students.
This year, 71,229 students out of the 1.04 lakh students admitted through single window to over 500 engineering colleges were rural candidates and as many as 62,749 were first generation graduates and 48,153 were from Tamil medium background in higher secondary education.
Academics feel the government was wise to take away entrance exam as the number of seats available in engineering is more than that of the takers and this year, 50,000 seats fell vacant.
“The Chief Minister has already opposed the common entrance text for all engineering colleges as it would affect students from rural areas in the State,” says P. Palaniappan, Higher Education Minister.
“Even if the State agrees in future with 50 per cent as home quota, the Centre will have to conduct the all India exam in Tamil also. AIEEE is conducted only in English and Hindi. No one is raising the issue of the need for national exams in regional languages as well. Otherwise, over three lakh students in the State clearing Plus 2 in science stream in Tamil medium will not have access to all India exams,” says D. Nedunchezhian, a social entrepreneur.
Weightage to Plus 2 marks
The Centre's decision to give weightage to Class XII marks for the common entrance test for IITs and NITs is seen as a reform among academics, especially in IIT Madras.
Says Prof. V.G. Idichandy, Director (Officiating), IIT-M, “many professors for long have been arguing for giving Plus 2 marks due consideration in admissions to IITs. The good students were not in schools and they were not learning other subjects than maths, physics and chemistry. Humanities and languages were totally neglected.”
Academics say that the students missed school education to stay in places like Hyderabad and Kota for two to three years for coaching which had to be stopped as otherwise school education would become irrelevant. The weightage to Plus 2 marks is a reform definitely happening, they add.
On the proposed fee hike, the IIT-M faculty say that only 25 per cent of the students pay the fee and the tuition fee of others are subsidised. Besides, they say there are many options like bank loans and as per the new proposal ‘pay back' after employment.
“The students have taken notice of the fee hike. There is a discussion on it around the campus. Only after consultation with our faculty and parents, a clear opinion will emerge,” says Prasanth, Academic Affairs Secretary, IIT-M.
Hindustan Times :: 15 September 2011
Common engg test from 2013
Prasad Nichenametla, Hindustan Times | New Delhi, September 14, 2011
If a proposal by the HRD ministry is accepted by states, a single entrance examination will land an engineering aspirant in an IIT or any of the street corner technical colleges that have mushroomed across in the country, from 2013. A countrywide common examination for admission to
undergraduate programmes in engineering, as recommended by T Ramasami committee, was discussed at length in the IIT council meet on Wednesday.
A single test is something that students and parents want. On an average, an engineering aspirant takes three tests — IIT-JEE for IITs, AIEEE for NITs and the state test.
"The burden of multiplicity of competitive examinations is causing immense stress, financial and otherwise on parents and students .... The proposal ... will reduce dependency on coaching by aligning to Class 12 syllabus," HRD minister Kapil Sibal said.
Weightage will be given to a student's Class 12 board examinations scores after statistical normalisation of scores vis-à-vis performance of students from other boards — CBSE or state. Then a single national examination would be conducted to test aptitude and advanced domain knowledge.
Sibal said the proposal — to be finalised in a month — will be put before the Central Advisory Board for Education and after taking the states on board, it will be implemented from 2013-14 academic year.
States like Gujarat expressed are ready but have riders. "We are prepared to tune our +2 course with the National Curriculum Framework. But CET should include the IITs. We also want the CET to be conducted in Gujarati also," Hasmukh Adhia, principal secretary, higher education, Gujarat told HT.
But officials, academicians from Andhra Pradesh — hub of engineering education in the country — expressed doubts. "Do we use the same weighing machine for both gold and iron. The approach and orientation to IITs is different. CET will put a large bunch of students in same bracket making it difficult to decide who should enter which institute," a official said.
Times of India :: 15 September 2011
IITs seek fee hike and common test with NITs
Akshay Mukul, TNN | Sep 15, 2011
NEW DELHI: IIT Council on Wednesday decided to have a common entrance test for IITs/NITs, state government-run and private engineering colleges throughout the country from 2013. It also decided to go in for a complicated fee hike structure. But there is a catch -- both the decisions are subject to approval from the state governments and the finance ministry. In case it does not meet the states' approval, only IITs/NITs - under the central government - would have a common entrance test.
The fee structure decided by the Council, the highest decision-making body of the IITs, is complex. While all students at the time of admission will pay the existing fee, after they pass out 25% of students (other than SCs/STs/OBCs) who can afford the hike of Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh suggested by Anil Kakodkar committee, would be made to pay the amount to their institutions in easy installments.
As to how it would be implemented, HRD minister Kapil Sibal said employers would pay to the IIT. Asked how this would be ensured, Sibal said under the proposed law that would allow dematerialisation of certificates in electronic format, employers would cross-check the validity of certificates from government and then they would be told to pay a part of salary directly to the institute.
But there were no clear answers to other questions: What happens to a student who starts his own business? What happens to students who join a foreign firm in a foreign country? One official asserted that the students would have to sign a bond at the time of admission.
Sibal said the payback by 25% students would not apply if he joins M.Tech and subsequently Ph.D. He would be charged only after he joins a firm. Exception would also be given to students who after Ph.D join the IIT faculty. Reason: There is a dearth of good faculty in IITs. But, Sibal said, the entire formulation on fee has to meet the approval of finance ministry.
As for the common entrance test, what has been decided by the T Ramaswami committee is a new kind of Joint Entrance Examination where weightage would be given to class XII marks of students and a Scholastic Aptitude Test-kind of test. In fact, the committee has given various options and no final decision has been taken on which option will be adopted. Again, as Sibal said it had not been decided how much weightage would be given to class XII marks and the SAT-like test.
The marks scored by students in class XII would be `normalized' through a formula devised by experts of the Indian Statistical Institute. But the experts favoured the normalization system after doing a pilot study of only four out of 42 boards in the country. They studied the result patterns of CBSE, ISE, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal Boards.
It also needs to be pointed out that normalization as a method has been abandoned by BITS, Pilani, and even in the USA. Last year, when a committee on JEE reforms under D Acharya, director of IIT, Kharagpur, suggested normalization it was opposed by many state boards.
Tribune :: 15 September 2011
IIT Council wants one test for engineering colleges
Gives nod to four-fold fee hike at the premier institute
Aditi Tandon | Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 14: The IIT Council, the supreme decision-making body on matters concerning the premier institute, today took two major decisions — one to introduce a single entrance test for all engineering colleges across India by 2013 to de-stress students; another to raise annual fees at IITs from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh to ease the financial burden on themselves.
At the council meeting chaired by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, it was decided in principle that from 2013, admission to all engineering institutes — IITs, NITs, state and private — would happen through a single test which will generate a merit list based on combined weightages of the Class XII marks and aptitude test scores of students. The aptitude test will be part of the national test and will judge a student for analytical abilities and not subject knowledge. The test structure has been proposed by the Ramasamy panel whose report the government placed before the council today.
Sibal explained after the meeting, “We want to open all engineering colleges to the poorest of children and end the coaching business which only helps those who can pay.” The government has asked experts of the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata, to evolve a formula whereby Class XII marks obtained by students across all 42 boards in India could be equalised. “The ISI has used past data of board results of the last four years to show that equalisation is possible. We can then decide what weightage to give to the Class XII marks and the aptitude test.” The single test proposal will now be discussed with states and then taken to the Central Advisory Board of Education, the highest decision-making body on education in India.
The second decision of the council is a nod to four-fold fee hike (from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh) at the IITs. Upon entry and during study period, a student would have to pay the existing Rs 50,000 annual fee. The balance Rs 1.5 lakh will be recovered later when he gets employed.
What is proposed?
· No JEE for IIT entry once the proposal rolls by 2013
· Single test proposal to be discussed with states
· Final score to be based on Class XII, aptitude test scores
· Fee to go up from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh a year in IITs
· Students to pay Rs 50,000 annual fee as long as they study
· Balance fee to be recovered once students find jobs
· Fee hike proposal subject to Finance Ministry’s nod
Pioneer :: 15 September 2011
Common entrance test for engineering colleges from 2013
Wednesday, 14 September 2011| PNS
New Delhi: Engineering aspirants have reasons to rejoice. The IIT Council on Wednesday decided to hold one all India entrance aptitude test by 2013-14, instead of the existing system of multiple exams for engineering colleges at State and Central level, including IITs. The Council’s decision is “subject to approval by the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) and clearance of the State Education Ministers”.
The council meeting presided by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal decided that an all India merit list would be prepared with weightage given to the marks obtained by the aspirant in Class XII Board examination on the basis of an equalisation formula worked out by the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) Kolkata. This would be supplemented by the marks acquired in the National Aptitude Test conducted on the lines of SAT. However, the quantum of weightage given to each is yet to be decided
The Council, which deliberated upon Dr Ramaswami report on JEE reforms, also decided to divert the focus of IIT from undergraduate courses to post-graduate and research-oriented to elevate the standards of premier institutes to “world class”.
“The basis for reform in the examination process that reduces dependency on coaching, aligning the testing process to Class XII syllabus, reducing the multiplicity of tests to one was considered,” Sibal said.
Further, based on the recommendations of the committee headed by Anil Kakodkar the Council decided to prepare a roadmap for taking IITs to global excellence. The Council decided to constitute an Empowered Task Force for implementation of the recommendations for enhancing the administrative
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