No AIEEE, IIT-JEE: Single entrance test for all engineering colleges from 2013
The government is planning to scrap all engineering entrance exams from 2013-14. The government has also come up with an innovative idea of increasing the tuition fees. Students will not need to pay this fee during their engineering, but will have to pay up once they get a job.
Besides IITs, there are many boards and institutes which conduct at least 150 different entrance exams every year. The government has decided to scrap all these exams including IIT-JEE and AIEEE. This was decided at a meeting of IIT Council (IIT directors) and officials from the ministry of human resource development (HRD).
Kapil Sibal said, “There will be one merit list. Institutes, 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.” The exam will be taken on the similar pattern of the common entrance exam for medical course which will begin from next year.
While rejecting the report of Anil Kakodhkar Committee that has suggested a five-fold fee hike for IITs (B.Tech and M.Tech programmes), government in principle has approved a fee hike. Sibal said 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 students and the money spent on him by an IIT-once they get a job.
All the students who belong to SC/ST and OBC categories students going for higher education or joining an IIT as faculty would not need to pay from this policy. The exemption would encourage students to take up research work and become the faculty of the institute.
He said, “At present, the fees are nominal because of government subsidy. The actual cost works out to nearly Rs6-8 lakh per student. Students can surely pay back this amount in easy installments, considering the plush jobs they land with once they get their degrees.”