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.