Deemed universities have granted their “in principle” approval to the proposed format of common engineering entrance exam for admission to centrally funded engineering institutes including IITs, NITs and IIITs. With this they are expected to accept the new format of the exam for admission to engineering bachelor degree programs.
Currently many deemed universities hold their own entrance exam while some use AIEEE scores and remaining accept state level JEE scores. The proposed CET format aims at easing students from taking multiple tests.
The progress followed the meeting held between the representatives of these universities and the HRD Minister, Kapil Sibal after IITs opposed the proposed CET.
Sibal revealed that deemed universities are ready to accept the new format in order to streamline the examination system and ease students from the stress of taking multiple tests. Meanwhile he also gave flexibilities to the universities in accepting the exam.
Sibal stated that universities can choose suitable weighatges for Class XII board marks and the JEE-Main test of their choice which can be normalized on percentile basis. He also mentioned that incase universities are willing to assign 100% weighatge to class XII board marks, they can do so.
The suggestions given by the HRD minister indicates that students seeking admission to deemed universities will not be required to take the advance test as proposed under the new format.
After discussing the exam in detail, deemed universities accepted the new format where weigtage will be assigned to class XII board marks.
HRD Ministry ready to rework on proposed CET format
The HRD ministry in its effort to break the deadlock with IIT faculty over the proposed single entrance test has given indications that it is ready to rework on the proposed exam format to resolve the issues.
The decision of HRD Minsitry to soften its stand on CET can be attributed to the decision of IIT-Delhi and IIT-Kanpur senates to hold a separate entrance test. Sources from the ministry revealed that despite of knowing that as per the Institute of Technology Act, 1961, IIT Council is the sole decision making body on admission related issues, the ministry does not want to create a situation which Results in flouting the IIT system.
The IIT Council meet to be held on June 27, 2012 is expected to discuss the two alternatives proposed. The first alternative proposes to allow only those students to appear for JEE Advanced test who are eligible for IITs while rest would not be allowed to take the second test. This will preserve the quality of students entering the premier institute. The government is keen to consider this alternative.
The second alternative suggests considering class XII board marks for preparing the merit list without assigning 50% weightage to it as decided earlier. The JAB (Joint Admission Board) of IITs proposed that only students securing top 20 percentile in respective boards should be eligible for admissions.
For students under CBSE, it would mean that those scoring less than 79% will not be allowed to apply for IITs. Sources from the ministry revealed that though there was hesitation in restricting students from applying to IIT, this option could also be discussed at the council meeting on June 27, 2012.
The IIT alumni and faculty have opposed the new format stating that it would affect the quality of students entering the IITs. They argued that IITs are known globally for their extensive admission process.
The IITs hold strong disagreement over assigning weighatge to class XII board marks. Though as per the new format, 50% weightage to be assigned to board marks is only to screen the students, IIT faculties are adamant over not to use board scores. They argue that there are about 40 school boards in India and each of them follows different pattern, syllabus and have different quality of students. So equalization of marks or normalization formula devised by Indian Statistical Institute could not be used to prevent the academic excellence of IITs.
Thus the HRD ministry has expressed that it is ready to rework on the nature of CET to retain the rigorous admission process of IITs. To achieve this, it has been suggested to allow only those students to appear for JEE Advanced test to take admission to IITs who qualify JEE Main test. Students who are not shortlisted in the JEE Main test or are not aspiring for IITs will not be allowed to take the JEE Advanced test.
As per the May 28, 2012 meeting, all candidates seeking admission to centrally funded institutes including IITs, IIITs and NITs will be required to take JEE Main and Advanced test. JEE Main test score and normalized class XII board marks will be used with a weighatge of 50% each to select 50,000 candidates whose JEE Advanced score would be used to prepare the merit list for IITs.
The rest of the engineering institutes will provide admissions based on the composite score where 40% weightage will be given to class XII board marks, 30% to JEE Main test and 30% to JEE Advanced test score.
At the meeting held on June 25, 2012 between deemed universities and HRD Ministry, the universities were informed that candidates would be admitted to centrally funded institutes on 40:60 basis where class XII board Results will carry 40% weightage and JEE Main will be given 60% weightage. There are indications that even NITs are ready to accept the reworked formula.
The JAB in its meeting held on Saturday, June 23, 2012 suggested allowing only students in the top 20 percentile of respective boards to be eligible for admission to IITs. However government is not convinced with this proposal and is ready to discuss further on this.
Source: Economic Times
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