February may bring some good news for engineering aspirants as the dilemma over conducting a single entrance examination for admission into the engineering institutes may get over.
According to reports, 2013 may earmark the entry of a single entrance test. The directors of the IITs, NITs and IIITs have been asked to give their feedback on the issue by February so that a consensus may be built on it.
Notably, the IIT council had accepted the recommendations of the Ramaswami committee on IIT-JEE reforms in September 2011 and proposed a single entrance test in place of the multiple tests conducted for admission in the engineering colleges including the IITs and NITs.
There are talks that the JEE (joint Entrance Examination) and AIEEE (All India Engineering Entrance Examination) may be merged together to form a single entrance exam.
It may be mentioned here that discussions were being held for a long time to introduce reforms in the format of the IIT-JEE. Narayan Murthy’s remarks over the deteriorating quality of students and the increasing hold of coaching institutes fuelled the reforms uproar even more.
It is being increasingly felt by educationists that JEE has become more of a mugging oriented examination than one that tests aptitude. Therefore, they are asking for reforms that would test aptitude and knowledge intensity, an exam with more alignment to the 12th class syllabus and one that would reduce the dependence of students on coaching institutes.
Students are crazy for JEE as admission into the IITs means high paying jobs. That is why they spend time and money in the coaching institutes to clear the exam but that takes a toll on their 12th class studies. Moreover, the meritorious and deserving students who cannot afford coaching fees miss the chance to get into the IITs which ultimately affects the overall quality of IITs.