Education ministers and officials from various states will meet up it New Delhi on Wednesday, in order to decide whether to adopt the common aptitude-cum-advanced knowledge test proposed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development for admission to engineering institutions in their respective States.
The test proposes to replace the IIT Joint Entrance Examination and the All India Engineering Entrance Examination and the All India Engineering Entrance Examination and other entrance tests of engineering institutions affiliated to the Central Government in 2013.
At present, various state boards and institutions, including the IIT's, conduct at least 150 entrance exams every year. As per the proposal, 40% weightage during the admission process will be based on the students percentile rank in Class XII examination and 60% on the score in the test that will most likely have questions on aptitude, logical and critical reasoning, English and Science subjects.
The former Vice Chancellor of Anna University M.Anandakrishnan whi is now the chairman of IIT-Kanpur and part of the IIT governing council says “Directors of all 42 school boards have agreed to comply by this test, which would require them to release results in the computerised format by June every year. This would not only reduce the dependance of students on coaching classes but also encourage them to focus more on class XI and XII syllabus in schools”.
He says a tested and verified formula designed by Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata will be applied to school board results to normalize the evaluation which will convert his percentage of marks into a percentile. But, TN says that sources is unlikely to agree to the test, for it was just six years ago that it scrapped the entrance exam of professional courses to enable more students from rural background join engineering education. But the move has not only created apprehensions among students who have already started their JEE preparations a year ago, but also among coaching institutes who think they will have to revamp their course structures now.
An education consultant Jayaprakash Gandhi says “We had nearly 3,000 students from the State Board getting full marks in mathematics last year and 160 scorning full marks in science subjects. The board exams need to be revamped to test the subject knowledge of the student and not just his memory skills”.
But still, the emphasis on aptitude questions, as proposed in the test, may restrict the need to delve further into the subject, say some teachers. Gita Prabhu of AIMS Education fees that “not every one who undergoes JEE coaching actually does so rigorously. Many go for foundation courses to get the approach to problem-solving right. Teachers in may State Board Schools cannot manage without 'worked out' solutions, and the students have no choice but to depend on coaching classes”.
Source : The Hindu