Super – 30 founder wants to conduct Engineering Entrance Test twice a year
In a letter to HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, Super – 30 Founder Anand Kumar, from who’s coaching institute 27 out of 30 students cracked the IIT – JEE this year, has suggested to make the test more “transparent” and conducting it twice a year, moreover, students from rural areas be given three chances instead of two at present to qualify for the examination.
He said the proposed format for entrance test would lead to over – dependence on coaching as students would have to take coaching for doing well in aptitude test, for subject test as well as for doing well in class XII, whose marks will also be taken into account for preparing the merit list.
Further he said, such high marks are never given in the state board exams and that can put lakhs of students from state boards at a disadvantage in weightage to class XII marks.
According to Anand, to reduce dependency on private coaching institutes, the proposed single entrance test papers are set jointly by team of professors of CBSE and IIT, so as to provide a level – playing field to all students, including those from the state boards.
He also urged Sibal to announce the timings, structure and the format of the proposed single test at the earliest so that the students could start preparations accordingly.
He also suggested that all papers under the new format should be based on ‘multiple choice questions’.
Revised Guidelines for Engineering Entrance Exam
The revised norms for preparing the rank lists for the engineering entrance examination for 2011 came into force at Thiruvananthapuram on 17th January, 2011.
As per the prospectus released by Education Minister M.A. Baby and Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy here, the rank lists for the engineering courses will be prepared giving equal weightage to the marks secured in Plus Two as well as the entrance examination conducted by the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations.
The same system is expected to come into force for the medical entrance examination from the next academic year.
The marks secured in the subjects concerned, like mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, biotechnology and biology, will be added to the marks scored in the entrance examination.
The marks of the Kerala State Higher Secondary and Vocational Higher Secondary examinations will be taken as given in the mark lists. The marks of other boards will be considered only after a normalisation procedure that has been worked out.
Only those candidates who have secured a minimum of 10 marks each for Paper I and Paper II will be included on the rank list. This restriction will not be applicable for SC / ST candidates.
A relaxation of five per cent marks in the qualifying examination will be given to candidates belonging to the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes.
The application form and prospectus will be distributed from 19th January, 2011 till 14th February, 2011 through 160 post offices in the State as well as eight offices outside the State.
In the engineering stream, there are 33,697 seats in the colleges in the State. There are 180 seats for B.Arch, 46 for B.Tech agriculture engineering and 25 for B.Tech dairy science and technology.
The agriculture engineering and dairy science courses are being conducted by Kerala Agriculture University.
Ms. Sreemathy said an amendment would be piloted in the budget session of the Assembly to exempt the Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe students from appearing for the entrance examinations for professional courses.
Since the Medical Council of India has strict rules, it was mandatory for the government to secure the consent of the Assembly and then take further steps for securing the exemption.
Students belonging to the backward communities too should get a chance to fare well in the professional courses, she said.
The entrance examination commissionerate is expecting 1,30,000 applications for the examinations this year.
There are 2,150 seats for MBBS, 1,080 for BDS, 790 for BAMS, 250 for BHMS and 50 for siddha medical courses. Details of the examinations can be had from www.cee-kerala.org.