this is much like sitaram yechuri's statement that what india needs is more schools controlled by the government.
this is a terrific way to wipe out the iits' brand. and destroy the jee. and allow politicians to manipulate the class 12 results to get their offspring into the iits.
as arvind said, perfect chinese strategy.
meanwhile china is investing huge amounts in their universities. destroying the competitors' best universities would be part of their game plan.
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From: Arvind Kumar
Date: Sep 12, 2005 1:50 PM
Subject: "eminent educationists" to destroy credibility of IITs
Bet this is an idea from Chinese who want to destroy the credibility of IITs.
New IIT admission rules proposed
Monday, September 12, 2005 (New Delhi):
Come 2006 and life will be easier for IIT aspirants.
A Special Task Force constituted by the HRD Ministry has proposed that students who secure 60 per cent in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) will be eligible for admission to IITs from next year.
However, there would be a relaxation of five per cent of marks for the students belonging to SC/STs.
The JEE conducted for admission to IITs would continue to be the sole criteria for admission in IITs and other participating institutes, an official release said today.
The JEE would be a single objective type examination which could include short write-ups on various topics followed by objective questions based on the write up.
This would test the comprehension as well as the analytical ability of the students, the release said.
Reducing stress level
The students would also be allowed to write the JEE in the year in which he/she passes the Class X11 examination and/or in the following year.
But those who join any of the IITs would not be allowed to sit for the JEE again. The procedure would be reviewed after the JEE 2006, the release said.
Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh had convened a meeting of eminent educationists on March 24.
The purpose of the meeting was to initiate a dialogue for building a national consensus on issues related to reducing the high stress level among students appearing for Board and entrance examinations.
As a result of these discussions, a Special Task Force was constituted by the Directors of IITs to evaluate the process of the IIT-JEE.
The recommendations of the Task Force were deliberated upon by the Standing Committee of the IIT Council, chaired by Prof C N R Rao.
After due deliberations the Standing Committee recommended certain reforms in JEE for IITs from 2006.
The recommendation of the Standing Committee has been approved by the Minister as Chairman of the IIT Council.
From the JEE 2006 onwards, the screening test would be done away with and the results of the Class XII board examination would be factored in the admission process of the IITs.
This would also restore the sanctity of school system and reduce the influence of the coaching classes, it said. (With PTI inputs)