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  • Now 50% weightage to board exams for admisison to IITs & other engineering colleges

    YOUR Class XII performance is set to play a crucial role in determining your admission to an engineering institute of your choice.

    In fact, marks scored in the board examination are likely to matter as much as the candidate’s performance in the single national-level entrance test that the government plans to introduce by 2013.

    The model of giving “equal importance” or equal weightage to the “normalised” board score and the aptitude test had the tacit approval of the IIT council — the highest decision making body of the Indian Institutes of Technology — at its last meeting on September 14.

    “The Ramaswami Committee had proposed six ways of how the Class XII marks can be factored in at the time of preparing the all- India merit list. The sixth option, which gives 50 per cent weightage to the normalised board marks and the remaining 50 to the aptitude test, was found favourable by everyone,” said Sanjay Dhande, director, IIT Kanpur.

    The high-powered committee under the science and technology secretary T. Ramaswami was charged with the responsibility of suggesting reforms in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) system to reduce financial and mental stress on students.

    Accepting the recommendations of the committee, the IIT council had, in principle, agreed to replace the JEE and other engineering tests with one single entrance examination by 2013.

    Though the HRD minister Kapil Sibal had immediately made an announcement to the effect, the extent to which the Class XII performance will count at the time of admission to an engineering course was, until now, unknown.

    “We want to respect the school board exam and the national aptitude test. The only fair way to achieve that is by giving equal importance to both,” Dhande said.

    This decision will be notified before the end of the year. After this, the joint admission board (JAB) of the IITs will work on the nitty-gritties of how this can be implemented.

    In the current admission system, a candidate’s Class XII marks are usually used to determine his or her eligibility to take an engineering entrance test.

    An exclusive focus on the entrance examination has eventually given rise to a strong coaching culture, which the government now wants to put an end to by making Class XII marks important for admission.

    “The school is where students now come to unwind and the coaching institute is where they go to study. If the proposal to include Class XII marks does get implemented then it will once again dignify the role of the school,” Ameeta Wattal, principal, Springdales School on Pusa Road said.

    “It’s unfair that a child’s fate is decided based on one examination.

    In that context, making board marks a criterion for admission is welcome,” said renowned researcher Goverdhan Mehta.

    But before taking the ambitious proposal of giving equal weightage to board score forward, the government has to bring all state boards as well as CBSE on par with each other by developing a comprehensive weighted performance index so that there is no gross inequality among them and students do not suffer.
    Article source: Mail Today