MHRD came up with a proposal to restructure the selection process at the prestigious IITs with an objective of making students realize the importance of board exams and lessen the burden of having to give multiple entrance exams. ISEET has been proposed by Kapil Sibal with inputs from T. Ramaswamy committe, the decision was to replace IITJEE (an entrance test for IITs) and AIEEE (an entrance test for NITs and several participating colleges which are centrally funded or deemed universities).
The problems surrounding MHRD’s decision
- Weightage to board exams: Giving weightage to board exams that too for entry into IITs is something experts feel is an immature move. A 40% weightage to board exams and 60% weightage to ISEET is the pitched idea by MHRD for selecting students in IITs, NITs and few top notch engineering colleges.
Over the decades IITs never gave any weightage to board exam marks, India is diversified and each state has it’s own board, follows it’s own curriculum hence it is possible that some state syllabus is not as tough as compared to other states. There will be a problem of bringing in neutrality, though MHRD came up with a solution in the form of a formula to neutralize board exams. The question to be asked is, how good or accurate the designed formula can be?
- Opinion from IIT Alumni: IIT alumni has been opposing any proposed changes to the selection process at IITs, informal groups have been formed to protest Sibal’s decision of doing away with JEE. The obvious question they would ask is, what was the need to change the selection process at IITs. How can a decision be taken in such a small amount of time, if there is something called as autonomy how can anyone including the government intervene in the selection process of the IITs.
As per a latest report IIT alumni are demanding status quo on implementation, the alumni association has decided to move to court and also meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to object the proposed changes to IIT selection process.
The other version of the story is that from next year on there will be two modes of test JEE main & JEE advanced. JEE main will have 50% weightage while the remaining 50% is for board exams (Class XII). Based on JEE main merit students will be shortlisted for JEE advanced which is the decider test for IIT admission. (via)
There is lack of clarity between what has been proposed what will be implemented and when it will be implemented. Do share your views and opinion!
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