Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Engineering entrances to be scrapped

The government is expected to scrap all engineering entrance exams from 2013-14. It has also come up with a novel idea of hiking Tuition fees of the students will also be hiked but the students will have to pay up once they get a job.

At present there are around 150 entrance exams a year including various state boards and institutions and the IITs. All these exams would be scrapped including the IIT-JEE and the AIEEE. All this was announced in a meeting of IIT Council (IIT directors) and officials from the ministry of human resource development (HRD). It was chaired by Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal.

He said, “There will be one merit list. Intitutes, including the IITs, will have to pick up students from this list. The list will be based on Std 12 marks and the entrance test results. Also, students will be counselled before they choose a course.” This test will be just like the common entrance exam for medical courses which would begin from next year.

A five-fold fee hike is proposed for IITs (BTech and MTech programmes). Sibal further said that the students would continue paying Rs 50,000 as annual fee, but they would have to “pay back” the difference money — the fee paid by a student and the money spent on him by an IIT after they get a job. They can pay in easy instalments. Due to government subsidy the current fees is nominal. But the actual cost is around Rs 6-8 lakh per student. 

SC/ST and OBC categories and students going for higher education or joining an IIT faculty would be exempted so as to encourage students to take up research work and meet the faculty shortage.

The degrees will be in a DMAT format. They will reflect the difference money as loan and employers will be told to deduct it from a student’s salary and deposit it with the government.

Source: DNA

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