We all are very well aware that for the previous academic session (2015-16) AIPMT was re-conducted after the hon’ble Supreme Court announced the verdict as cases of cheating & irregularity were reported during the entrance exam in some states. The answer keys were made available one hour before the exam to students through SMS & Whatsapp.
The Central Board of Secondary Education, the body which is given the responsibility to conduct unbiased and fair AIPMT was driven by the apex court to take some unprecedented call with respect to the dress code at AIPMT exam. CBSE had given new guidelines for the candidates appearing in AIPMT 2016. In addition to the shoes, CBSE had also banned some other items like stationary items, metallic items watch or any other communication device at the exam hall. Candidates were allowed to only wear sandals and slippers to the examination (not allowed to wear shoes). The candidates were instructed to wear light color clothes. Candidates were also advised to wear half sleeve shirts without having any big buttons or badges, brooches. This is to ensure that student does not hide Bluetooth devices, earphones, camera or any such stuff in clothes. The candidates wearing customary/religious jewellery were supposed to report latest by 8:30 a.m.
Likewise CBSE, the Indian Institutes of Technology Guwahati (organizing institute of JEE Advanced 2016) have introduced a dress code for this year and released a list of prohibited items in the exam centres for JEE (Advanced) scheduled on May 22, 2016. To avoid the malpractices at the exam centres, students are restricted to wear full-sleeve shirts and kurtas, brooches and footwear with heels or shoes.
While IIT aspirants are not complaining about wearing sleeveless shirts and T-shirts or even slippers and sandals, what will inconvenience many is the ban on wristwatches and writing pads. Wrist watches should not be a big issue, because IITs have never allowed an electronic watch in the JEE examination centres.
Invigilators have been instructed to announce the time after every half an hour during the examination. And these invigilators have a habit of running 5 to 10 minutes in advance. The students have also been asked to cooperate with physical frisking at the exam centres. Students, since school examination are told to manage the time while taking the exam so that they do not leave any question, so they have a habit of looking at the watch while taking the test. Now when these students will not be allowed to take the manual watches inside the examination hall of such highly competitive exam, it will ultimately add to students’ stress. Often the wall clock of the centres does not function properly.
Another problem often faced by the students at the examination centres is being allotted broken tables with uneven surfaces. While filling the bubble or marking the answer sometimes they end up tearing the OMR sheet.
Great that the IITs have taken such decision so as to make sure that the genuine students do not lose out on merit seats due to exam malpractices. However, IITs need to revise their norms, by at least allowing the students to carry watches inside the centre or they should make sure that all the wall clocks in the centre are functioning properly as per GMT. In lieu of the writing pad, students must be allowed to carry transparent writing pads in the examination hall.
However, IITs have clearly stated that they will not come up with any change in the list of items to be carried in the examination hall. IITs have introduced new changes in the admission criteria of JEE Advanced 2016.
From the academic session 2016-17, four new IITs will witness a fresh footfall of students aspiring to become the future change makers are: IIT-Chhattisgarh, IIT-Goa, IIT-Jammu and IIT-Karnataka
After discussion with the Human Resource and Development Ministry, the Indian Institute of Technology will go for a rapid transformation this year with the following changes on the academic platter. Here are some of the changes in JEE advanced 2016:
Gender Restriction in Mining Engineering Profession – Mining to go woman-less: As per the ‘Mine Act’ no woman can be employed in mines which require them to work below the ground, however, they can be employed for above the ground mining jobs only in between 6:00 hours to 19:00 hours. Now female candidate can also pursue Mining Engineering and Mining Machinery Engineering or some other related courses from ISM Dhanbad, IIT Kharagpur and IIT BHU.
Open Seats for OCI/PIO: For the very first time, the applicants who are applying under OCI/ PIO will be considered under the general category and they can apply for general seats as well. It is required by the OCI/PIO’s to upload their OCI and PIO’s certificates.
IIT in Top Emerging Institutes among Developing Nations: At 29th Spot, the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay stood firm followed by its counterpart IIT, Madras. Indian Institute of Science has occupied 16th spot in the ranking and it has also been observed as one of the best institutes in the world.