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IIT Delhi to go the Kanpur way ?

Another IIT has followed the path initiated by IIT Kanpur. Now IIT Delhi has rejected the common test proposal that was rolled out by the Ministry of HRD, by stating that the Centre’s policy is an impeachment on the autonomy of IITs across the country.
“The main reasons are whatever resolution has been adopted by theIIT Delhi Senate on May 2, those resolutions have been rejected by the IIT Council in their meeting on May 12 and 28 May, which we felt is not correct and that is why IIT Delhi Senate rightly has rejected the Council’s proposal and IIT Delhi’s Senate feels that it is an impeachment on our autonomy,” said Prof. Mittal of the civil engineering dept was quoted as saying .
“So, it is a broader issue of the autonomy of our IIT system. And then we say what is the way forward, the way forward is that IIT will conduct its own exam, so we have decided that we will conduct our own exam,” he added.
It is worth noting that the decision of conducting a common entrance test for admission into the IITs ,NITs and IIITs has met with nation wide debate and is being seen as an attack on the autonomy of the IITs. This test is proposed to have a significant weightage of class 12th board marks.
IIT Kanpur had earlier this month rejected the proposed test branding it ‘academically and methodically unsound’.
The IIT faculty federation has argued that the ISEET for admission to the undergraduate programme to the IITs and other Centrally-funded institutes will deteriorate the autonomous status enjoyed by the IITs. With these concerns the IIT faculty federation had met the Prime Minister , Dr.Manmohan Singh on 15th june and expressed their various concerns regarding the proposal and the PM had assured that the autonomy of these institutes shall not be tampered with.

With IIT Delhi’s refusal to follow the new pattern, the shroud of uncertainty hovering around the test pattern in 2013 has darkened.This is definitely marring the interest of students who aspire these coveted institutes .The crisis needs to be resolved at the earliest for the best interests of students at mind.

ADIEU JEE ?

“It must be a dream” –these were the first words I said after reading that particular article in the newspaper. But after being pinched really hard by my friend, OUCH, I realized that I was just being overly optimistic by considering the proposal of scrapping JEE just another political gimmick and a plan which shall never see the light of the day . But I was wrong,nay , many students were being wronged .IIT JEE was going to be replaced, the legend will no longer continue! I had to shove the truth down my throat and that was definitely one of the toughest thing I have ever had to do.
So here was the deal, a new test was being proposed, with weightage to board marks, and two exams-JEE main and JEE advanced. While the reasons given for the above proposal-that students are under too much stress due to multiple entrance exams and that coaching classes are mushrooming –are very much real and as such definitely demand focused attention and remedial steps, the solution that has been offered hasn’t really been accepted as a fair one and has sparked off a nation wide debate .
Are too many examinations really that bad ? well most people think otherwise. The fact that the number of students attempting to give the IITJEE is almost the half the number that give the AIEEE,is a very clear indication of student’s selectivity of the exam that best suits them. When a student has multiple chances of proving himself , that actually makes him less mentally stressed because he knows that his chances of success do not merely depend on one day and that its not a “do or die” situation for him. What if some unforeseen calamity prevents a student from fully performing at the D-DAY,does that mean his one year is wasted ? Can this be fair to any student ? One exam system hasn’t been proved a very successful method of alleviating student stress. The GaoKao of China is one such example. The entire fate of the student is based on one single day. The exam has such hype around it that most students find it unable to deal with. Behaviors surrounding the testing period have been extreme under some reports. Testing pressure, for some critics, has been linked to faintings, increased drop out rates, and even increasing rates of teenage clinical depression and suicides in China .That is exactly not the kind of situation which would deem very desirable.
And turning to the second issue-the ever increasing coaching industry-I hardly feel that the new format will be able to put an end to them for good. The reason why students flock to these institutes is because they find it hard to balance their studies and manage their schedules. They resort to them so that the risk of uncertainty in their preparation is reduced. Now given that there will be three criterion for selection to IITs now, the institutes will now offer a package which shall “ guarantee” success in all three domains. Their business will not slow down , but rather multiply by feeding on the increased aspirations from students to perform well in three quarters. So this problem will still remain unsolved even if the new test comes to effect.
One of the most debatable and attacked point of the new proposal has been the inclusion of the board marks. While normalization of marks through all the state boards and the national boards might be a theoretical possibility, this is still plagued by the very reason the board exams were considered only as an eligibility criterion. The level of all boards is not even. The widespread copying makes it an unreliable test for a student’s capacity. The board exams have since ages only tested rote learning and ability to impress the examiner with your answers, and never your actual grasp on the subject. The internal exam marks? Don’t even get me started on that ! All these reasons make board exam marks consideration a very debatable step which has met with criticism from all possible sources.
With these many queries, doubts and uncertainty lingering around the new proposal, I sincerely believed that it must be given enough time and reconsideration and shouldn’t be forced upon the students without their consent .Hope that one of these days shall bring the happy tidings of the JEE being restored. If not, I can only say ,brace yourselves, ISEET is coming !

IIT JEE 2013 AMELIORATION

Advisory Board (JAB) is likely to make changes in the current IIT-JEE pattern from 2013. The ministry plans to hold a new exam, Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET) replacing the two existing IIT-JEE and AIEEE exams. It will be designed by ISI Kolkata and the Ramasami Committee and is planned as a SAT-type test. It is likely to be held online from 2014. The paper test is supposed to stay on until the online system stabilizes. It will be responsible for admission in engineering and science courses in institutes like 15 IITs, 30 NITs and other prestigious technical institutes.

Summary of how the proposed JEE will look like:

  1. 1.     One Entrance Test for all centrally funded engineering institutions.

A common aptitude-cum-advanced knowledge test, ISEET, will replace the IIT JEE and AIEEE in 2013.

  1. 2.     The exam will be conducted twice in a year.

The Human Resource and Development ministry has said that the exam which is conducted in April will have a second edition in November or December.

  1. 3.     The percentile for JEE will consider one language subject for eligibility.

Another change that is bound to bowl out the students appearing for JEE is that the percentile which is considered for the eligibility will also include one language subject.

  1. 4.     Consideration of class 12th result for JEE.

The school board marks will have 40 per cent weight in deciding admissions, thereby reducing the test scores weightage to 60 per cent only.

  1. 5.     JEE will consist of two papers.

There will be one main paper (30 per cent) for simple aptitude testing to assess scholastic levels, and one advanced paper (30 per cent) for each subject. Students will sit for the main paper in the morning and advanced in the afternoon.

  1. 6.     Students will be given a special rank.

A rank provided by the Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTI) will be given to students according to Class 12 results, main paper and advanced paper. Students will receive individual marks for each section.

  1. Students will have to submit two separate application forms.

Students will have to submit an application form for JEE and another to the institutes that they want to apply to.

 

Consequences

ISEET has some inevitable outcomes-

The proposal of conduction of exam twice in a year is expedient because a student who scored badly in April can appear for the second exam when it happens. This will also mean that the admission process for IITs and other central-funded institutes have to be conducted again after the initial admissions in June. The institutions are not too happy with the idea of two admission seasons in the same year as it may disrupt their schedule.

It is good that class 12 marks are given some importance. Faculty from the IITs felt the new exam could make it easier for weaker students to gain entry to the IITs. They also feel that giving 40 percentage weightage to class 12th exam is unfair as different boards have different standards. Competition among states to send more of their students to IIT will be increased, for which they will facilitate scoring through easy exams lenient checking.

The idea of inclusion of a language subject appears to be excellent as many students neglect them to concentrate on their Physics, Chemistry and Maths group to gain an entry into IIT even though language skills are important in career. But the Students are not exactly pleased with this inclusion because this will hamper their studies and they will have to study the language subject which may bring down their percentile score.

The aim behind such a reformation could be to promote more brilliant students but it will put more stress on students. Now they will have a three tire exam (boards plus Aptitude plus Knowledge Test) and pressure of excelling at each level.  Thus, the study hours of students will be increased thereby affecting the overall health, brain stress, eyesight and other social and cultural activities of students.

The proposal is economically unviable for now a student will run to more number of coaching to do well in aptitude test too. In the shade of multi-directional development of students which is always good for achieving goals of practical life, the coaching will flourish more mostly in rural parts with a hidden agenda of earning more by fake promises of overall development of students as required.

The new pattern increases the entry of students of metropolitan city. These students have good environment to develop the aptitude skill and English proficiency. The students of rural areas and middle city are normally weak in this field.

There will be an increase in organised corruption at school/college level, who would like more of their students to qualify the entrance exam by scoring more in board exams by malpractice and it will be impossible to control because of the fact that board exams are conducted at millions of centres in India. The real intelligent aspirants will certainly lag behind if many students with forged marks come up. Moreover, since the answer sheets of board exams are evaluated manually so it becomes difficult to achieve uniformity in marks given by two different examiners for the same solution. Huge number of court cases to bring a stay on ISEET from parent and students as they will feel cheated due to copying paper leaks.

Most states expressed appreciation for the new format and said they would use it for admission to their engineering colleges, but Tamil Nadu had reservations. The state gives 100 per cent weightage to school board scores and intends to continue doing so. Bengal, Orissa, Himachal Pradesh and Pondicherry have sought more time to look into the proposal.