New Delhi: In a move that may spell the end of the Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE), a committee comprising of directors of all IITs is planning a single national-level entrance examination for Engineering in India.
If the proposal is accepted, not only would it mean the end of IIT-JEE but also every other individual entrance tests such as the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
Director of IIT-Roorkee, S.C. Saxena said that because students have to appear for individual entrance examinations for various institutes, they are under a lot of pressure. "This calls out for a need to have a single common entrance test for all engineering institutes," he added.
He further said that a more analytical and skill-based admission procedure is required and also the weightage allotted to Class XII Board examinations must be increased and taken more seriously than before.
A flaw in the current entrance procedure is that engineering aspirants focus more on preparing for entrance examinations and do not put enough effort into preparing for their Class XII examinations as the latter is not taken into consideration for admission into various engineering colleges.