IITs turn down govt proposal to let NTA hold JEE (Advanced)

The latest decision by the IITs could have a bearing on whether the Indian Institutes of Management decide to part with the Common Admission Test or CAT.

Written by Ritika Chopra | New Delhi | Updated: December 24, 2017 6:51 am
The latest decision by the IITs could have a bearing on whether the Indian Institutes of Management decide to part with the Common Admission Test or CAT.

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have shot down the government’s proposal to permit the National Testing Agency (NTA) to conduct JEE (Advanced). The NTA, approved by the union cabinet on November 10, is envisioned as the largest exam-conducting body in the country. In a meeting of IIT directors on December 15 in Chennai, the institutes decided against the NTA’s involvement in JEE (Advanced), which is the gateway to securing a seat in the 23 premier engineering schools.

“Handing over the entrance test makes little sense as it would not lessen the burden of the IITs. The agency would have had to keep coming back to our faculty to set the question papers,” said the director of one of the seven older IITs, who did not wish to be identified.

“Let’s say, even if the NTA were to take over JEE (Advanced), IITs will not give up the prerogative to send at least one of its teachers to every exam centre to review the choice of centres,” he added.

IITs have always been protective of their entrance test. During the UPA-II government, when Kapil Sibal was the Human Resource Development Minister, they had refused to merge their test with AIEEE (used by the National Institutes of Technology for admission) to make a single common entrance examination for admission to all centrally run engineering institutes.

The latest decision by the IITs could have a bearing on whether the Indian Institutes of Management decide to part with the Common Admission Test or CAT.

In its first year, the NTA will take over all entrance examinations currently being organised by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), including UGC’s National Eligibility Test (NET), Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) and National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET).

Although several governments in the past have proposed and, subsequently, shelved the idea of establishing the NTA, the proposal materialised under the current government after the CBSE requested the HRD Ministry to relieve it of the additional burden of conducting entrance tests. CBSE is an affiliating school board with the primary responsibility of conducting Class X and XII Board examinations.

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  1. Babu Indian
    Dec 24, 2017 at 2:30 pm
    coming out of IITs , some migrate to Western countries , never to return, rest l take up high paying jobs where only their raw analytical/verbal skills are used , viz. banking , investment, marketing , s, finance , personnel management , software, IAS/IPS etc . Why spend tons on so called 'technology' ? The backbone of the countries technical infrastructure are run by ITIs.
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    1. Muftkhor By Choice
      Dec 24, 2017 at 10:54 am
      IITs fleece many Indians by charging exorbitant entrance fees. Naturally they don't want to part with its cashcow. There should be single entrance exam for all engineering exams to reduce the exam stress, entrance fees.
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      1. Harendran Bala
        Dec 25, 2017 at 3:36 pm
        If sub standard qp is set, true technocrats of future India will be bleak. Let IITs take control, we are way behind USA, China.
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      2. Suhas Gha
        Dec 24, 2017 at 8:12 am
        No. Independence of IITs must be preserved. Government has nothing to do with entrance test. This procedure used by IITs has been tested over for several years. NTA does not have experience. By cons ution, IITs are set up as independent bodies set up by parliament. Allowing NTA to take entrance examination is interference in affairs of IITs and should never be allowed. By this way, modi government is trying to take control of IITs. This should not be allowed. And can central government provide any objective for such a move and what difference u are going to have by controlling such examination? On the same ground, center is trying to interfere in states rights. Education is state subject. But forcing on state all india level examination for medical and engineering entrance examination. All such encrochments on state rights must be opposed tooth and nail.
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