Thursday, April 28, 2011

Consider class XII, X marks for higher studies: Ramasami Committee

Class XII marks will matter if a student is seeking admission to higher education institutes, including Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), says a proposal currently being considered by the Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD).

Class X marks in both science and non-science subjects will also be taken into account, highly placed sources said. The suggestions have been made by a committee headed by T. Ramasami, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology. With an aim to do away with multiple entrance examinations after Class XII, the MHRD had constituted the committee to suggest a single-exam formula to determine admissions to IITs, all engineering courses and — over a period of time — all higher education institutes as well.

The committee, which shared its first draft with the ministry last week, is learnt to have recommended that due weightage be given to school marks, both Class X and Class XII. Accordingly, a weighted average score arrived at after factoring in Class X and XII scores — and performance in a single national-level aptitude test — is proposed to be used to determine admissions to higher education institutes.

If applicable, performance in Olympiads conducted mostly by CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) to test students' grasp over science subjects will also be counted. The national test will assess a student's general aptitude and will have elements of an advanced test to test in-depth knowledge and grasp of subjects. Marks obtained in the Class X and XII board exams in both science and non-science subjects will be factored in as the thrust, experts feel, should not be on the traditional Physics-Chemistry-Mathematics (PCM) combination alone.

The proposal will be put in public domain to get inputs from all stakeholders — students, parents and teachers — over the next three months before firming it up. The average score will be used to develop an index of scholastic level to determine admissions.

Source: The Indian Express, April 28, 2011

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