Friday, April 22, 2011

Public opinion to count in IIT-JEE reforms

T. Ramasami Committee on reforms in Indian Institutes of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) has decided to have a single entrance examination for admission to engineering course, but is yet to firm up how specifically it would be done.

The panel has decided to seek public opinion before finalizing its recommendation. In the next few days, a dedicated website would be created to draw public opinion. It remains to be seen if IIT Council agrees to be a part of engineering entrance examination that would also be for admission to non-IIT engineering colleges. Even state governments would have to come on board.

Sources said, to begin with even if an all-India single entrance examination is not introduced; JEE would definitely be reformed. Reform in JEE is one of the pleas sought by Rajiv Kumar, Professor of IIT-Kharagpur, in his petition in the Supreme Court. On Thursday, Ramasami gave a short presentation of three ways in which single entrance test can be held. HRD minister Kapil Sibal, Directors of IIT-Kanpur, Delhi and Roorkee were present.

Since 2008, Ramasami Committee is the fourth attempt to reform JEE. The first was an internal committee under V. G. Idichandy of IIT-Madras. In October 2009, IIT Council suggested increasing eligibility cut-off from the existing 60% to 80% in Standard XII. This was followed by the Acharya Committee of four IIT directors to suggest JEE reforms.

Source: The Times of India, April 22, 2011

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