- While the Government may be sold on the idea of a common entrance
test in 2013 for admissions to at least centrally-funded science and
engineering institutions across the country, experts were critical of
the doing away with the famed JEE. "JEE had an identity of its own. One
that gave IIT's the exclusivity that they command today. A student
preparing for JEE prepared for the test with the sole purpose of
entering IIT and not a regional engineering college," an expert said.
The respective State boards have different syllabi, marking systems etc and giving 40 per cent weightage to class 12 examination in the common entrance test, in this situation would be like stirring a hornet's nest, the experts noted.
Further, school boards like CBSE, ICSE are easier to score as compared to State boards. This is unfair to students appearing for State boards that award lower marks than the national boards, they felt.
Experts also were of the opinion that a single examination would actually increase the pressure since students would then be unable to bank upon other examinations as a backup to save a year.
Meanwhile sources in HRD Ministry pointed at yet another hurdle-that of taking the State Governments on board with the proposal.
Tamil Nadu, for instance, is likely to oppose the proposal to introduce the Indian Science-Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET) at the conference. This is on similar lines of the State's earlier opposition to the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for MBBS courses, the sources felt. They are arguing that such a move would be detrimental to the interests of students from rural parts of the State.
The States will however be persuaded to deliberate on the issue in the meeting, and take a view on the implementation of the recommendations of the Ramasami Committee, sources added.
The committee headed by T Ramasami, secretary, Department of Science and Technology, set up by HRD Ministry had favoured introducing ISEET in two parts - Main and Advanced in April or May next year. As per the proposal, examinations will be of three hour duration each and both will be held on the same day, sources said.
From: Ram Krishnaswamy
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 1:11 PM
Interesting it raises only eye brows. Should raise peoples blood pressures.
From: Somnath Bharti
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 2:18 PM
Somnath Bharti, Advocate
Supreme Court of India and Delhi High Court
wd you like these concerns be also raised from other locations as well..
From: Selvaraj Israel-IITM
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2012 20:55:43 +0530
It is best that the IITs keep their examinations under their own control. IITs can if they wish to, decide that only 40% weightage will be given to JEE and 60% to class 12 results. If they wish, they can do away with JEE and depend on class 12 results. They can if they wish to, revert back to JEE. The point is, they should take the decision, not someone else.
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2012 21:09:03 +0530
This has come too suddenly & without any foreword/preface/warning.
I hope we have done the required preparation & have the mandate to present the case forcefully.
I believe in the cause & look at it as a last-ditch effort for a worthy cause - to save the last vistage of integrity & respectability that any institution in this country can command & is beyond manipulation by vested interests.
Anyway, I will join you tomorrow morning at Sibal's residence since you already seem to have an appointment fixed.
Chandra k Jain
From: Sachin Mittal
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 23:49:45 +0530
As long as government funds IITs, pays for professors salary, there should not be full autonomy.
Now what % of weightage is attached to that central test score, to 12 board, 10th board, extra curricular activities etc etc. (with obviously having some uniformity and normalization) should depend upon a collective and consensus decision.