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HRD Ministry gets positive feedback for changes in JEE

Aim to reduce exam pressure and coaching influence for IIT admissions through Joint Entrance Exam (JEE)

The HRD ministry had made the ‘Ashok Mishra Committee’ report public in the month of November for further discussion with stakeholders. The Ministry has received positive feedback for changes in JEE (Joint Entrance Exam) on recommendations of a government-appointed panel. It could lead to major changes in the admission process for IITs and NITs, including the introduction of a compulsory SAT-like aptitude test for aspirants i.e. a single common entrance test.

Highlights:-

  • Out of the 100-odd responses received by the govt., 67 have supported the removal of weightage given to Class XII marks at the time of admissions.
  • 23 respondents favor the introduction of a national-level aptitude test for engineering aspirants.
  • 26 respondents favor the conduct of a single entrance examination, instead of the two- phase test for admissions to IITs, NITs and other centrally funded institutes.
  • Passing an aptitude test to prove inclination for science and innovative thinking will be a requirement for appearing for JEE.
  • Although no final decision has been taken by the HRD Ministry, the feedback could lead to the introduction of significant changes for the admission process in the top engineering schools.
  • According to reliable sources, no changes will be introduced for the session 2016-17.

In 2013, the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) underwent a series of changes, and the then HRD Minister convinced engineering schools to give weightage to Class XII marks. This was done merely to remove the prevalence of coaching classes, but no result could be yielded and, in fact, the coaching industry increased its influence.

Sources said, “Both IITs and NITs are in favour of scrapping the weightage to Class XII marks and conducting a single entrance test for admissions”.

Also See

JEE Main 2016 Exam Date

IIT JEE Advanced 2016 Notification and Dates

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