The MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development) has already implemented a major change of conducting the JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) Main test twice from 2019 and another critical proposal for the engineering aspirants is about to get underway. There is a proposed move to discontinue the JEE Advanced, which has so far been the main evaluation criteria for admission to the undergraduate engineering courses at the various Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
Although the decision is not finalized yet, but the same will be discussed in the IIT council meeting. The meeting is intended to discuss the pros and cons associated with the proposed act and further to evaluate the feasibility of its implementation.
The proposal, if approved, may surely be a historical and transformational decision to streamline and regulate the highly reputed engineering institutions of the country in a better way. Apart from scrapping down the JEE Advanced exam, it would also be proposed for the IITs to turn the undergraduate engineering B.Tech. courses to the elevated engineering courses.
The number of semesters in the new postgraduate engineering courses at the IITs may also be altered, which would enable the students to achieve world-class engineering education in the least possible time. Additionally, the IITs are currently educating around 10,000 aspirants every year through their undergraduate engineering courses, while the new system would allow around 80,000 aspirants in materializing their dream of studying engineering from an IIT.
The discussed proposals have been put up based on the feedback provided by some veteran professors of the IITs, as confirmed by media reports. Those would surely refrain the students from undergoing private coaching courses, which would burden down their parents for several lakhs bucks to make them qualify the JEE Advanced exam.
To join expensive coaching courses was indeed an unaffordable deal for so many meritorious students across the country. Many families, still, have been observed to take loans to facilitate their children to undergo coaching for JEE Main and JEE Advanced exams from reputed coaching institutes at multiple locations in India.
When over 11 lakhs candidates appear generally in these exams to qualify for just around 10,000 seats at the IITs, the heavy expenditures incurred in the coaching classes would put up lots of pressure on the students hailing from economical weaker families. The new model would consider only the JEE Main scores of the students to offer them admissions to the engineering courses at the IITs.
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New Criteria for Admission to IITs
It is assumed that the top scorers of the JEE Main entrance examination would be eligible for the counselling for admissions to the courses at the IITs and other reputed engineering institutions across the country without undergoing any further test or interview. Additionally, the qualifying candidates would be categorized into ten groups based on their scores in the JEE Main exam.
For instance, the first group would include the candidates scoring marks above 90%, the second may include those scoring marks between 80 – 90%, and so on. The candidates belonging to each group would hold same position for attending the counselling for admissions to the IITs.
The revamp of education pattern at the IITs would also introduce a concept of ‘One Semester IIT Experience’ for transforming those to global high-end education providers. Based on it, the B.Tech. course at the IITs would be dismantled, and further upgraded to One Semester IIT Experience.
Those students, who would attain the One Semester IIT Experience based on their scores from the fifth to eighth semesters at the IITs, would be awarded with an engineering degree from the associated universities. Additionally, they would be preferred for admissions to the postgraduate engineering courses offered at the IITs.
The new examination conducting authority, National Testing Agency (NTA), would coordinate JEE Main exam twice every year starting 2019 and takeover all the responsibilities from CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) who previously managed JEE Main and several national level engineering exams.