Common entrance test for engineering colleges from 2013

15 Sep

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 and financial autonomy of the IIT system with respect to recruitments and topping up of salaries of faculties. “This was aimed at expansion of the research output of IITs to produce 10,000 PhD graduates annually which are presently about 1000,” Sibal pointed out.

The raise in fee structure from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh per annum would not be changed. “But this would be without causing hardship to students who are unable to afford,” said Sibal.

The entrance fee would continue to remain Rs 50,000 but students at the time of obtaining employment after passing out would enter into an agreement with the IIT for paying back the amount in installments within a time frame. Students who do not obtain any employment or who proceed for a career in research shall not be expected to arrive at such agreement.


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