Moving to one IIT entrance
Though a welcome move, we give you the three main concerns and the council’s response
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.”