States agree for common entrance test for IITs

If adopted by a state, test papers would be available in regional language in addition to English and Hindi


Jasleen Kaur | June 5, 2012

The state education ministers unanimously agreed for a common entrance test for centrally-funded technical institutes, including IITs.

During the state education ministers' conference in Delhi on Tuesday, states broadly agreed to the one test plan for centrally-funded technical institutes like IITs, NITs and IIITs.

The IITs have been allowed to hold a second advance test after filtering students who appear for the common entrance. It was strongly criticised by Bihar education minister Prashant Kumar Shahi. He said, “Why should IITs take a different course.”

But HRD minister Kapil Sibal said IITs will come on board by 2015.

The Maharashtra representative said that a consultation with various stakeholders was organised by the state government and it was in support of the common test.

Ramanlal Vora, the education minister from Gujarat, who asked that test should also be available in Gujarati language, also agreed to the format.

The minister also said that states would have the freedom to join in the common examination system and have the autonomy to determine their own relative weightages for Class XII Board marks, performance in JEE-main and JEE-advanced.

Also, the Academic Body to be constituted for the JEE-MAIN test would have representation from states.

The state education ministers were also told that if a state intends to join the common test for admission to engineering institutions, the exam papers would be made available in the regional language of the state in addition to English and Hindi.

After detailed deliberations, the proposal for a common examination process for admission to engineering programmes was supported unanimously.

The states said that IITs should also adopt the same format as other central educational institutions.

But the IIT alumni is not happy with the decision. Somnath Bharti, president of the IIT Delhi Alumni Association and supreme court lawyer, said, “We sent our analysis to the government’s proposed plan and met the minister and he assured us that government would not go ahead with the proposed common entrance examination if there was even one case of dissent.” Bharti is now considering a public interest litigation to challenge the new common entrance exam decision on the ground that the institutes’ autonomy has been compromised.



Other News

India will set example of post-Covid-19 economic revival: Modi

India is determined to “set an example” for the rest of the word in the post-pandemic economic revival, prime minister Narendra Modi has said, underling the need to become self-reliant. “There is also a widespread debate on how the economies of various countries, including

3,543 ‘Shramik Special’ trains transport 48 lakh people in 26 days

Close to 48 lakh migrant labourers have been able to reach home from the cities they were working in, as the Indian Railways have run a total of 3,543 “Sharmik Special” trains from May 1. Following the home ministry order regarding the movement by special trains of migrant worker

How Jeevan Raths have helped 52,000 migrants in Maharashtra

Before the novel coronavirus hit it, Mumbai about 10-12 lakh labourers from elsewhere had made it their home. The figure for the state of Maharashtra was another 18-20 lakh. As the pandemic spread and the Maximum City emerged as the worst-hit place in India, all economic activities came to an end, and with

China is practicing attack as the best form of defence

For the rest of the world, it is not easy to understand China when it comes to politics or economics. Under pressure from the international community, it has accepted to open the country for a “comprehensive” probe into the origin of the deadly coronavirus. But it is not clear whether the Asian

Corona warriors to “flush the virus” in Mumbai

Even as humanitarian support is pouring in to help distressed migrants amid Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown, civil society organizations and NGOs are working for sanitation of community toilets which have become breeding source of virus infection. Every community toilet has 20 seats. Each

How lockdown was used to shore up health infrastructure

India, completing about two months of lockdown to protect against the spread of the Novel Coronavirus, has made good use of the time to improve health infrastructure, the government has said. Countering media reports “about some decisions of the government regarding the lockdown implem


Current Issue


Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter