New Delhi: Amidst all speculations and rift, National Institutes of Technology (NITs) have announced to conduct Common Entrance for admission into undergraduate (UG) programmes from the next academic session, 2013. The decision was taken upon the conclusion of the meeting held by NITs, chaired by Kapil Sibal, Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister.
The decision taken by the NITs has strengthened the Government’s step to conduct a single entrance test for all IITs and other centrally funded institutes (including NITs). Earlier, the IITs had agreed to accept the Government’s proposal with its own terms and conditions to select only top 20 percentile of successful candidates of various Boards for preparing the merit list.
R A Mashelkar, Chairman, NITs, said that after the adaptation of the new format, 60% (30% each for Pre and Main exam) weightage will be given to the main entrance exam while 40% weightage will be allocated for Class 12th board results, for preparing the merit list for admission. He further added that the 40% weightage will be given after the process of normalization of marks of the state board.
As per the decision made, students seeking admission into various NITs would not have to appear for the advance test as proposed earlier. The formula proposed for Common Entrance Test will redirect the attention of students more towards school education rather than getting addicted to an overdose of coaching institutes.