IIITs too approve single national-level entrance test

November 28, 2011
Indian Institute of Information Technology

IIIT, Allhabad

Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) have given its approval to the proposed single national-level entrance test for admission to undergraduate programme for science and engineering.

At a meeting of the directors of these premier institutes here on Monday, chaired by HRD minister Kapil Sibal, a proposal to have a council for the IIITs was also accepted.

The proposal to hold a pan-India common entrance test, recommended by the T Ramasami Committee report, has already been accepted by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the National Institutes of Technology (NITs).

The report recommends a mix of school and national level test performance for entry to undergraduate courses, thereby reducing multiplicity of entrance tests and over-dependency on coaching.

The Central Advisory Board of Education will take a final call before the single entrance test is put in place by 2013-14 academic session.

According to HRD ministry officials, a proposal to have a council of the IIIT on the lines of IIT and NIT council was also approved at Monday’s meeting.

The council was helping the IIITs plan their research activity, academic and other issues in a much more focused way, the officials said.

Other issues including bringing pay parity and other administrative matters were also discussed at the meeting, the officials said.

(from PTI)

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