Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry recently took the decision that single exam won’t be enough to open doorway for the candidates to IITs rather some of the pressure should be taken off from candidates and emphasis should be laid upon the quality of student intake.
As per the terms of reference, main motto is to ‘reduce exam pressure’ and check ‘coaching dependence without diluting testing quality’.
Due to several rounds of deliberations by IIT Council and NIT Council, a committee was formed to give effect to the decision taken by ministry. As per the committee’s terms of reference, single admission test has been proposed, exam stress levels should be reduced and dependence on coaching classes should also be decreased.
Further in the queue is to shorten the time process of result declaration. As per the present time span it takes three months between the joint entrance exam (JEE) and declaration of results. JEE Exam is considered toughest of all with a high level of difficulty which forces students to resort to intensive coaching modules.
Changes in Counselling Process: It has also been asked to ‘reform counselling for IITs, NITs, IISERs (Indian Institutes of Science Education & Research)’. IITs, NITs and IISERs are all centrally funded institutions. Presently JEE is conducted in two parts for most aspirants – JEE Main and JEE Advanced. The suggestions given for this is that a single website should be developed to make the counselling process hassle free.
When earlier HRD Ministry proposed single-format counselling for IITs and NITs, the response received was of considerable resistance. But in the recent meeting of IIT and NIT councils, HRD ministry asked them to lay focus on interests of students. It also called for hand-holding of academically weaker students by mentors among seniors and a grievance redressal cell for students at NIT council level.
Under the reign of former HRD minister Kapil Sibal, the country’s premier engineering schools were asked to give weightage of 40% to Class 12 exams to try and relax the stranglehold of coaching centres and make sure that the students regularly attend their schools.
As of now it is expected on the part of committee to submit the report by 1st November. The committee is chaired by Ashok Mishra, chairperson of IIT-Roorkee. Other members who are part of committee includes : IIT-Madras director Prof Anant, Defence Research and Development Organisation scientist Tessy Thomas, IIT-Kharagpur chairperson Pavan Goenka and Indian Institute of Information Technology Guwahati mentor director Gautam Barua.
Earlier in the meeting held in IIT Guwahati on September 27, 2015 it was proposed to ‘increase the quota of number of candidates appearing in JEE Advanced from 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh, a single entry admission test for all the engineering colleges was proposed and more counselling rounds to be introduced due to the establishment of the new IITs’.
Emphasis upon the quality of student intake can very well be linked with various examples of famous bollywood movie ‘3 Idiots’. To quote one non-simple definition of books as told by Aamir Khan aka Rancho in 3 Idiots and Chatur/Silencer’s definition of machine.
It has been ages since Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and other institutes that offer admission to the graduate courses have been complaining that present selection process is not up to the mark. They were of the view that students who are heavily tutored in cram schools are selected rather than those who are much more talented.