After the shuffle of ministers in the UPA, MM Pallam Raju has taken over as the HRD Minister replacing Kapil Sibal. Kapil Sibal has bought up revolutionary steps in the education system, some have shaped good while few decisions have remained controversial. He was successful in replacing state level entrance tests and forced for all India level common entrance tests for professional courses such as Engineering, Medical & Management courses.
IITs too have seen a change in their selection process, now academics see 40% weightage and the entrance test score draws only 60% weightage. Moreover IITJEE is clubbed with AIEEE and is split in two phases JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Only 150,000 students will be eligible to appear for JEE Advanced after qualifying in JEE Main.
Pallam Raju according to reports has opposed the views of Kapil Sibal, he expressed that the higher education system needs a boost. He is of the view to allow state governments to conduct their own entrance tests for professional courses instead of taking at central level. However a final decision on key education reforms are awaited.
Some major changes to the current higher education system are
- IIT selection process tweaked, 40% weightage given to +2 marks
- AIEEE scrapped, instead NITs too asked to take from JEE Main
- NEET UG instead of state level medical entrance exams
- NEET PG instead of state level medical entrance exams
- CMAT for MBA Admissions instead of state level PGCETs
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