Ministry of human resource development (MHRD) sent a letter to the IIT( Indian Institute of technology) to suggest the possibility of bringing the JEE advanced examination under the NTA (National testing Agency). Similarly, another letter was sent to the IIM (Indian Institute of Management) for including the CAT Examination also. As per the report, the HRD ministry is expecting the reply from IIT’s by December 15, 2017.
Details about JEE Advanced coming under NTA
The union cabinet cleared the proposal for forming the National Testing Agency. The main purpose of the National testing agency is to conduct the competitive examinations. These are currently being conducted by CBSE( Central Board of Secondary Education). The exams conducted by the central board at present are Joint Engineering Entrance (JEE) Main, NEET, UGC’s National Eligibility Test (twice a year), Central Teacher Eligibility Test (twice a year) as well as the entrance test for Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas.
What will change as JEE Advanced would come under National Testing Agency
The HRD has proposed to include JEE advanced examination which is the entrance test to get into IIT’s. JEE advanced is currently being conducted by IIT’s only. The letter sent assured the IIT’s that NTA would ensure that the “exam will be online, duly scrutinized and standardized. The test design will be done scientifically and as per user requirements”.
The letter also mentioned that “Although the cabinet has decided that initially, the NTA will conduct the exams currently being conducted by CBSE, it may be decided whether the IIT system would like to entrust the conduct of JEE-Advanced exams to NTA. With a condition that the setting of the question papers and the proctoring would continue to vest with the IIT system.”
It is reported that the NTA will be registered as a society under the appropriate Societies Registration Act, 1860. All the IITs, IIMs, IISERs and centrally funded universities would be joining owners of the agency. It is said that IIT’s are not excited about the proposal as NTA is fairly a new organization. And NTA does not have an experience of operations yet. the officials have said that all the IIT’s will come together and consider the proposal. The reply, on the other hand, is expected by December 15.