Mov­ing to one IIT en­trance

Though a wel­come move, we give you the three main con­cerns and the coun­cil’s re­sponse

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Pankti Me­hta and Pooja Bi­raia

The coun­cil of the In­dian In­sti­tutes of Tech­nol­ogy (IITs) pro­posed a panIn­dia en­trance test for as­pir­ing en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents, to be started from the 2013 aca­demic year, to re­place the IIT joint en­trance ex­am­i­na­tion as well as those cur­rently in place at var­i­ous state en­gi­neer­ing col­leges. The pro­posal also aims to in­crease the weigh­tage given to Class 12 marks.

While stu­dents and aca­demics wel­come the de­ci­sion, say­ing it will ben­e­fit stu­dents as they will not have to take sev­eral sep­a­rate en­trance tests, they sug­gest that the panel plan the new exam to avoid dis­crep­an­cies.

“The sin­gle test is ex­pected to come into ef­fect in 2013,” says Devang Khakhar, di­rec­tor, IIT-Bom­bay. “We’re tak­ing our time to launch it, and it will prob­a­bly be an online test for bet­ter com­pu­ta­tion. There will be one merit list for all col­leges to choose from.”

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