The council of IITs proposed a pan-India common entrance test for admission to engineering programmes possibly from 2013.
After a long stretched meeting of IITs Council council approved the decision of having a common entrance examination. After the meeting Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal said that the concurrence of the Central Advisory Board of Education and state education ministers would be sought before implementing the proposals.
“We have decided there shall be one exam and will try and put that into operation from 2013,” Sibal said.
The Kakodkar committee had recommended raising the fees to Rs 2 lakh a year. Sibal said this would be factored in but IIT fees would remain the same at Rs 50,000 per year. The cost factor for an IIT for each students at present stands at around Rs. 8 lakh against Rs. 2 lakh paid over the entire duration of the B. Tech. programme. The HRD Minister said implementation of the Kakodkar committee recommendation, which had sought to raise the tuition fee to Rs. 2 lakh per annum, was “not possible” with interest of all sections of the society kept in mind.
“There is no fee hike immediately in IITs. It remains Rs.50000. But once he joins a job, he will have to pay back Rs.200000 in installments,” Sibal said.
Mr Sibal said that the ‘pay back’ scheme won’t be applicable to those who enroll into M. Tech programme, those who do PhD and to even those who are recruited as faculty in IIT.The Finance Ministry’s nod would be sought before putting in effect the scheme, Mr Sibal said.
In the context of the pan-India common entrance test, Sibal said an all-India merit list would be prepared based on the combined weightage given to Class XII examinations and to a common test. Weightage would be given to the marks obtained in class XII boards after the results are equalised for which Indian Statistical Institute will put in place a mathematical formula for equalisation. The test would examine a students’ logic and non-subject matters.
The government had constituted a committee under Secretary to the department of science and technology T Ramasami to examine implementation of a single entrance test. Six options were deliberated upon for the test and Ramasami has been asked to finalise one of these within a month.Tags: Common Engineering Entrance Test, engg. cet 2013, Engineering, Entrance Test, India, IIT, Pan-India, IIT Council, 2013, "Common Entrance Test",