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
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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.
The issues revolving over the appointment of teachers in the premier IIMs under the quota system for reserved candidates has once again come to attention. It is speculated that the HRD Ministry would table the issue of reservation over the appointments of teachers with the IIM representatives on September 20.
Former HRD Minister Arjun Singh, during the tenure of Manmohon Singh as the PM, upheld the Reservation Bill for teacher appointments at the IIMs.
Issues revolving over appointment:
- The issue of IIM’s autonomy hit headlines during the tenure of Smriti Irani as the HRD Ministry when she upheld the introduction of reservation system in appointments of teachers at premier institutes in the country. The former HRD Minister had also rendered her concerns in April this year, to learn whether or not the IIMs are abiding by the reservation policy
- The IIM fraternity had severely objected the policy fearing the downgrade of educational quality of premier institutes
- Ashok Thakur, the higher education secretary, issued a notification to the IIMs in 2013, asking them to abide by the reservation policy since the IIM fraternity was refusing to appoint teachers under the reservation policy
- The IIM fraternity deviated from the reservation policy placing the 1975 order, which made the Delhi School of Planning and Architecture immune to the reservation policy
- Before the proposed reservation bill was passed in the Lok Sabha, the bill was lapsed following the dissolution of the 14th Lok Sabha
What’s in the agenda?
- The union government set provisions for the recruitment of teachers in the IITs, IIMs, and all the centrally-aided institutes under the quota system specified for the Dalits, SC/ST and OBCs in 2008
- Reserved students from the SC/ST category in the IIMs would be duly provided with loans and scholarships
- Loans and scholarships would also be provided for the economically backward candidates
In the September 20 meeting, the incumbent HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar sought a report regarding the status of faculty appointment in the IIMs.
According to HT report, the IIM-Ahmedabad refused to comment when contacted regarding the prevailing issue.
In a written reply to question raised by Rajya Sabha members, Minister of State for Human Resource Development Mahendra Nath Pandey has revealed information regarding money spend on various top institutes in the past two years.
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Details of the report:
- During the academic session 2015-16, the Centre spent Rs 5621.37 crore on 40 central universities
- Rs 4135.85 crore was spent on 22 IITs
- Not only this, the HRD Ministry spent Rs 2577.65 crore on 31 NITs and the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur campus
- Besides, Rs 120 crore has been spent on the Indian Institute Science (IIS)-Bangalore till now
- Also, reports state that Rs 550 crore has been spent on six Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research
- The Centre also spend Rs 609 crore on 159 state universities
- For IGNOU campuses, the government has spent Rs 107.33 crore
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Meanwhile, while replying to another question related to the Central University of Himachal Pradesh, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said that out of the total 108 sanctioned posts of lecturers and assistant professors, 57 posts are still lying vacant.
Further, in another question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Human Resource Development Mahendra Nath Pandey submitted a report containing data of funds spent on technical institutes.
Details of funds spent:
- As per reports, a total of 10,328 has been spent on technical institutes from 2015-16
- Over 20 lakh students were enrolled in that period
- “Only 125 institutions in 2015-16 and 106 institutions in 2016-17 have applied for closure due to variety of reasons and have been allowed to shut down by AICTE,” Pandey added
Apart from this, Pandey separately asked whether the Central University of Jharkhand was being run at a Panchayat Training Campus, to which, the union minister replied in the affirmative.
Finally, the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, August 2 approved the Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill 2016 by voice vote.
In a major announcement, IIT campuses will also be set up in Jammu and Tirupati.
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Key notes from the debate on bill:
- IIT campuses will also be set up in Palakkad (Kerala), Goa, Dharward (Karnataka) and Bhilai (Chhattisgarh)
- Also, the Lok Sabha had passed the Bill on July 25, which also seeks to bring the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, within the ambit of the proposed Act
- And last year, the Union Cabinet gave a nod to six new IITs on December 2 with Prime Minister Narendra Modi also giving approval for making these IITs operational
- Moreover, while replying to a debate conducted on the bill, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar said the IITs are the centre of excellence and they will continue to remain like that
- While commenting on funding for the premier institutes, Prakash Javadekar said there would not be any financial constraints for growth of IITs
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“We will not allow anything that will lower their standards. Actually we all should try to improve them further and make them really world class institutes. Therefore quality is absolutely important,” Prakash Javadekar added.
Further, Prakash Javadekar said, “MHRD is not even represented on Board of Governors. It is completely run by the Board. We only facilitate in finance and that is where we will concentrate,”
As per reports, the government is already working on a scheme for financing higher education infrastructure needs, particularly research infrastructure requirements.