STAR News Bureau
Monday, 28 May 2012 18:41
New Delhi: Government has proposed a new formula for admission to engineering colleges, including IITs, across the country that seeks to eliminate or at least minimise the influence of private coaching institutes. Instead of basing the entire admission process on one grand Joint Entrance Exam or the JEE, the new system proposes to take into consideration the results of Class XII board exam as well in equal weightage.
According to the proposal, for the entrance to IITs, 50% weightage will be given to Class XII results and rest 50% will be the result of the JEE. On the basis of this, there will be a screening and selected students will then appear for what is being called JEE Advance from which the final selection will be made.
For Non-IIT, Indian Institute of Information technology and the centrally funded engineering colleges, 40% weightage will be for Class XII results, 30% will be for JEE and remaining 30% for Advance JEE. There will be no screening here and on the aggregate of the three, merit list will be formed.
The Union Human Resources Minister Kapil Sibbal has long argued that the flourishing private coaching industry is a senseless conveyer belt type production where students are trained how to pass the JEE and not become good engineers.
Sibbal feels giving weightage to school education will not only reduce the influence of the coaching institutes, it will also add more seriousness to the school curriculum. The proposal also seeks to help the poor students who can not afford the massive fees charged by the coaching institutes.
The single entrance examination test will be held for admission into central government’s engineering institutes such as IITs, NIT and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) from the next year.
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said, “IIT, NIT and IIIT council decide to have joint entrance test for engineering colleges. IIT had resisted having a joint test with other institutions. This is why a two tier system has been evolved.
Also, the joint council of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs) have decided to change the procedure for selecting candidates for engineering colleges from 2013.
The new proposals will be implemented from 2013.