IITs to come under Single Engineering Entrance Exam from 2018

The ministry has decided to conduct single engineering entrance test every year and it will be designed in a way that the linguistic diversity of the country is taken into consideration

IITs to come under Single Engineering Entrance Exam

IITs to come under Single Engineering Entrance Exam

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On the lines of NEET-examination, a single engineering entrance examinations will be conducted for admission into engineering colleges from the academic year 2018-19.

It is learnt that the coveted IITs, for which a nationwide competitive examinations are held, may also be brought in under the ambit of the new test.

HRD sets stage for one engineering entrance exam:

The HRD ministry has recently asked the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to explain and mention suitable norms for holding such an exercise.

The HRD ministry has told the AICTE that the proposal is in line with the government’s policy and it could incorporate suitable regulations to enable the holding of such a test, sources said.

The AICTE, oversees the aspects related to technical education in the country, had discussed at a recent meeting proposal for having a single entrance test for engineering colleges for undergraduate courses

Single Engineering Entrance Exam to be conducted multiple times every year:

The ministry has taken this decision to bring in greater transparency, maintain higher standards and also try to ensure that students are saved from the burden of taking too many tests, the sources said. The ministry is also in favour of seeking constructive suggestions from states and Deemed Universities for the successful holding of such a test, they added.

It has also been decided that the single entrance test would be conducted multiple times every year and it will be designed in a way that the linguistic diversity of the country is taken into consideration, the sources said.

A common NEET exam for admission to medical colleges already exists, but there are a number of exams for entrance into engineering colleges.

source”cnbc”

Japanese robot’s dream shattered: Fails to crack University entrance exam

A Japanese robot named Torobo-kun with artificial intelligence failed miserably in a standard entrance exam of the University of Tokyo. Several attempts have been made by Torobo-kun to pass the National Centre Test.

Japanese Robot Torobo-kun

Japanese Robot Torobo-kun

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A Japanese robot named Torobo-kun with artificial intelligence failed miserably in a standard entrance exam of the University of Tokyo. The robot  has now failed in the entry exam for four years in a row and will have to work in a “real job” in industry now.

Arai, a professor at the National Institute of Informatics, who heads the team behind Torobo-kun said, ”As the robot scored about the same as last year, we were able to gauge the possibilities and limits of artificial intelligence. From now on, we will grow its abilities in the fields it’s doing well in and aim to improve them to levels that can be applied in industry.”

Several attempts have been made by Torobo-kun to pass the National Centre Test, a standardised exam adopted by Japanese universities, since 2013, ‘The Asahi Shimbun’ reported. The robot tackled a mock exam designed by education-publishing company Benesse Corp, just like it had in 2015.

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About the entrance test:

The exam consisted of eight tests in five subjects and the robot scored 525 out of 950. The score was 14 points higher than last year, but the robot received an overall standard deviation score of 57.1. Since a score of at least 80 per cent is said to be required to be accepted by the University of Tokyo’s liberal arts courses, the robot was far from the required level.

However, Torobo-kun’s score meant that it would have had a chance of 80 per cent or higher to get into 1,373 departments in 535 universities throughout Japan.

source”cnbc”