MHRD launches opinion-poll on IIT-JEE reforms

Create: 06/06/2011 - 18:24

In a first of its kind initiative, the human resource development (HRD) ministry and the department of science and technology (DST) have launched opinion poll on the proposed reforms to various engineering tests, including the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) of the IITs. The government is also using social networking site Facebook to popularise the online poll.

Sudents, parents and other stakeholders are free to give their opinion on the reforms.

MHRD has proposed replacing the multiple entrance tests conducted by states, private engineering schools, and the IIT-JEE and the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) with a single national testing scheme (NTS).

A section of the academic community has criticized replacing IIT-JEE.

According to sources, the opinion poll results will clear two things, “We believe that while sections may support multiple tests, the majority will support the initiative to save students the trouble of having to sit for repeated entrance tests. The opinion poll will help us establish that support, and make the task of pushing the NTS easier,” a source explained.

This mass support — which the government is confident it will garner — will also help it counter opposition likely from some states that run their own entrance tests, the sources said.

The proposed National Test Scheme is designed to allow selection of students for admission to tertiary education. It is based on the single examination evaluation instead of the prevailing multiple competitive examination system in the country.

[Source: HindustanTimes]

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Infact the idea sounds good. But the history of conduct of examination is somehow not clear. Like in case of AIEEE 2011 there were two the papers on the basis of which the ranks were given to the atudents who appeared in examination on two occasions. When we talk of rank it has to be in regard to common paper. So We have to first ensure that there is no likage of question paper. Once it is ensured than to have one examination sounds a good idea. Like in Us Rather this score should be the basis of getting admission in getting admission in B.Sc level courses as well in central universities apart from IIT institutions and engineering institutions.
The paper setteing committee should ensure the real learning process of education covered by braod spectrum of students coming from urban and rural areas.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I fail to understand the real meaning of University. For me university means universal. But in our country all universities run by different states have no universal character. So there should be one entrace test for seeking admission in PG courses in different streams in state universities and central universities. Based on this score the students should be given adimission in courses of their own choice as is done in technical courses. It will sove the problems of having local students in the state run universities. Moreover if students seek admission through one entrance examination in different subject will enhance the quality of education in institutions as their will be inter institutional competition invoved in this process. The quality of education is going down in state run universities because of local character of universities which is have students from their own states and not from all over country. Such measure of having students based of joit entrance test will lead to students in all the institutions from all over country. This will also enhance of knowing students from other states while getting education in universities and will lead to better integrity of nation. I hope Minister of HRD will give serious thought to restore the universal character of education in state run universities. The IIT and NIT's are better because they have hstudents from all the states taking education at one place. The local character always dilute the education system. One we have such a system in place the higher education will become very good in the country. One more thing the selection criterial of teachers in higher education os based on UGC laid down qualification so even teachers should be recruited as centra pool by UGC by the board of academicians of repute in different subject. Then depending upon requirement the teachers as per their ranking during selection should be given choice to serve the institutions. This will check the state govt. institution malpractice in selection procedure of teachers. So these two steps can definitly provide the quality education required for addressing the problems of nation.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

This initiative will be the realisation of National Dream.It should have been done long back. Nevertheless,it is better late that never. This will sent uniform testing standards, will remove the menance of couching classes, will identify the potential students by testing their true ability(than inflated rote memory) and will address many issues at National levels such as use of unfair means in exam, participation of maximum candidates, reducing wastage of papers that are used for multiple exams. Only note of caution is that the model of testing and score reporting should be carefully planned after studying best practices available globally and thorough testing the model before implementation.
Dr.M.L.Dutt,Professor,Psychometrics, IBPS.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Although the students should be given relief from appearing in so many tests, but IIT JEE should not be abolished. It is a time tested most trusted competitive examination and is considered to be the toughest entrance test in the world. The faculty and staff of IIT handle the whole thing in a very meticulous way. It is better to prepare a very extended merit list so that other institutions may opt to admit the students from the extended list instead of conducting their own competitive test.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Just go through the IIT JEE 2011 and than AIEEE 2011 for two different days and three wrong questions in IIT 2011 Paper how we have a trust on any national entarance exam
Till date the India can not think to have the same standards 10th and 12th different boards have different levels than what is the need for same entrance the MHRD should focus on fixing standards for Primary , secondary and higher secondary education first than should think about IITs The to much of government intervention will reduced and decline the status of IITs and NITs its better to concentrate on basic education and keep away the IITs with dirty politics

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Entrance exa mination should be a test on basics of the subject and should not be something that demands private coaching. All India should have a single test both in English and Vernacular.10% question should not be of objective type .

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I think it will better for SEPARATE ENTRANCE TEST FOR IIT and ANOTHER Entrance test NIT AND OTHER COLLEGE in state level through out the India. Two types of Test I am suggesting as the MHRD already made the separate tier for IIT and NIT level. Their funding, faculty students ratio, Pay Scale etc. So as per MHRD NIT and other college are lower level than IITs [ Probably Practically not, although debateable]. Tamal Mandal

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I welcome the idea of a single entrance test conducted at the National level. This test can also include, over and above Maths, Physics and Chemistry, questions on reasoning, logical thinking, communication aptitude [English language which is the medium of instruction and one other language of the students choice].
The present method of testing has already reached its limitations (recycling questions is more a norm than a exception). The typical high school student is already tortured with syllabus that is at the level of B.Sc. Instead of teaching we are eliminating people from education at the high school level. The bar can not be raised any further (some of the questions are at the level of I Year M.Sc) and the coaching classes have understood this better than the IITs.
The Government has to work with a lot of political pressure arising from all sorts of groups from, 1) IITs would want status quo; 2) state governments would argue against a National test as it will be of disadvantage to students hailing from rural areas; 3) the "National" flag and "Culture" protagonists would want questions in Hindi knowing well that the fraction that gets selected would have to listen to faculty speaking in English and write their examinations in English; 4) coaching classes whose business would be hurt would go the extra mile to thwart the new exercise; 5) anxious and ambitious parents who are busy torturing children from the age of 13 by stuffing them into coaching schools would now approach the Court for relief and so on. This should not deter the Government and one National examination is the crying need of the hour.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Generally students are ranked merely based on thier ability to memorise the contents studied either in schools or coaching centres. We are not testing their aptitude towards the fields for which they are applying. So various areas in engineering are to be identified such as mechanical, electricla and civil. Final ranking should be based on their combined performance in theory and aptitude for which they are considered. The questions asked in such aptitude test should not be content based. It should be situational. question asked once should not be repeated. No teacher should be able to teach such things in the class.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Sir,
It is a welcome initiative to have a common entrance exam. It will definitely take away the unnecessary burden and tension on students and parents. I am not able to understand why we are not in a position to have a common syllabus for our Higher secondary level education. As on date since the syllabus of different educational boards are different, a common syllabus focusing on fundamentals can be published for the entrance exam in the beginning itself. Since we are definitely not testing the memory of students, the Question paper can be planned with different sets of questions on fundamental concepts with different difficulty levels, and the extended rank list can be used by all institutions. Moreover, in order to avoid the chance factor, we can think of 2 papers in each subject, so that the students will get ample number of questions from all topics covered in the syllabus. Now a days the higher secondary level teaching in regular institutions are deteriorating like anything due to lack of interest from the student community as they are focusing on entrance study only which is definitely affecting the study of students except the top rankers. Again the students coming to professional colleges are skilled and motivated to write MCQ only and many a times find difficult to answer descriptive questions. A scheme of ranking with a common admission test like this along with giving weightage for the Higher secondary exam marks is felt to be a better choice.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

The proposal by the government to conduct sigle entrance test for admission to technical institutions in INDIA is welcome. On the one hand it will bring lot of ease to parents while on the other the tremendous lpressure on students to prepare two different types of syllabii (AIEEE+JEE)at +1 and +2 level will be avoided, rather the students will focus on unifrom one syllabus all over Ithe country. But to uniformly and comprehensively cover all the syllabus two papers(Paper 1 +Paper 2 could be conducted).Now a days the higher secondary level teaching in regular schools is taking a backseat due to lack of interest from the student community as they are focusing their energies on obective entrance study only which is definitely affecting the study of students.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I my opinion the engineering colleges should be put in grades A, B, C, D and the entrace test for each grade of colleges has to be different. This will enable students to get in the colleges as per the caliber as many of the students can't sometimes understand IIT-JEE paper even.

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