It is possible to have a common engineering entrance test from next year on as the HRD Minsiter Kapil Sibal seems to have a strong point to replace the JEE. His views on JEE is quite different from what the IIT senates & IIT alumni thinks, Sibal in an exclusive interview with CNN IBN has expressed his views on why he think IIT selection should include board exams.
While the IIT senate and alumni argue that any alteration to the selection process of IITs will make the brand name diluted; HRD Minister feels the brand name of IITs is diluted long back. Further more he stated that a majority of students who make it to IITs are from the coaching institutes. These young chaps who are high on JEE scores give less importance to board exams and thus have less conceptual knowledge compared to those who top the board exams.
In India the major entrance exams the engineering aspirants take are AIEEE, IITJEE, VITEEE, BITSAT, State level CET, SRMEEE and so on. Students dry out their parents pocket sitting for multiple entrance exams, all they need is possibly an engineering seat in a reputed college. Students who are sure of cracking IITJEE too give a try on AIEEE, BITSAT and other exams as well just to make sure they have a backup or a plan B. This according to Sibal is a sheer wastage of money, one nation one entrance mission thus seems to take an advantage over the argument of IIT senates, IIT Alumni association and others who are opposing for the common engineering entrance test.
So far, the proposal of the new test for 2013
Though nothing has been materialized about the newly proposed common engineering entrance test, according to various well placed sources the entrance test will be held in two phases. The first phase will be main examination and the second phase is an advanced test. The first phase will not give any weightage to board exam marks except the usual cutoffs the IITJEE had, the second phase will consider the board exams and JEE main score to shortlist finalists to appear for advanced test.
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