IITs are planning for a SAT like entrance test to replace Joint Engineering Entrance Examination (JEE) and AIEEE, the new entrance test will give weightage for class XII marks. IIT Council which held a meeting yesterday had discussed about holding a common entrance test for engineering colleges through out India. However the committe had made it clear that approval has to come from the State governments, if the state governments oppose then the SAT like entrance test will only be applicable to IITs and NITs from the year 2013.
HRD Minister Shri Kapil Sibal has stressed for a common entrance test for both technical and management courses. Earlier we had reported about the possibility of common entrance test for management colleges, similarly a common entrance test for medical colleges was also proposed by MCI for UG, PG & SS courses.
The idea is to reduce stress and financial burden on students; currently students have to prepare for multiple entrance examinations for engineering IITJEE, AIEEE, State based engineering entrance exam and BITSAT etc. Similarly for management colleges the tests are CAT, FMS Entrance Test, SNAP, MAT, XAT, ATMA and so on. IITs and FMS have welcomed CAT from this academic year by doing away with JMET & FMS Entrance Test respectively, if a common entrance test is in place more Institutes will welcome the move.
The issue of increased suicides among IITs was also discussed and a task force is likely to set up which consists of family members, faculty members and experts to help students manage stress. Recently we had reported about a suicide case of an IIT Patna girl; the task force objective will be to stop students from taking such ill matured steps. Students should rather learn to accept defeat, manage stress and understand that everyday you can’t get 100 out of 100 in the tests or academics.
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