The Vice-Chancellors of the universities in Uttar Pradesh have resolved to hold a state level Common Entrance Test for admission to the PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) degree course. Besides, all the state universities will have a common syllabus, making it easier for the students to select their teachers under the ‘virtual class’ system as well as a common time-table to hold entrance tests, examinations, and to declare results.
The Management Aptitude and Skills Tells (MAST), launched by the All India Management Association (AIMA), will be first held on Feb 20, 2011. This innovative computer-based test for B-school graduates will evaluate them on general ability, personality traits, and domain knowledge. It has been launched to help students find best-suited job opportunities and the recruiters to find the right candidates based on the skills, talents, and aptitudes of management graduates.
Disapproving of the growing influence of coaching centres that put engineering aspirants through a grind, making it difficult for them to concentrate on their senior secondary examinations, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said on Saturday that curtailing the power of such institutions was one of the objectives of the recommendation for a common entrance test.
The coaching institutions “allow the rich and privileged to get their children admitted there and [these students] have a natural advantage [over financially weak students]. Coaching means focussing only on the IIT entrance examination without bothering about Class XII examinations. But this is not the best way to get the best students in the IIT programme,” the Minister said speaking to journalists after the 56th annual convocation of IIT-Kharagpur,
The report of the committee, looking into the proposal for a single-test for engineering admissions, was expected by the beginning of August. “I do not want the students to sit for 20 to 30 examinations. We must reduce the pressure on them and we shall do whatever it takes to lessen the pressure. Many proposals may come our way but we will choose the best for the system that allows the institutions not to depend entirely on one examination for the admission process.”
The Indian Institutes of Technology have rejected the idea of selecting the candidates through a Common Engineering Entrance Test for all engineering colleges. HRD ministry-appointed committee said in its report, “Scores in a well-designed National Aptitude Test should be used to capture parameters of interest such as raw intelligence, aptitude, general awareness, comprehension and written communication skills. NAT should not require extensive preparation and coaching. The questions should be designed in such a way that it would not require inputs beyond plus 2 level.” To make the exam process more friendly for students, the committee has proposed to make NAT an online test conducted throughout the year.