FIITJEE, the country's first corporate institute for IIT-JEE and Other Engineering Entrance Exams, on Monday voiced concern over the proposed move from Ministry of Human Recourse Development to merge the IITJEE and AIEEE exams and feel that it could lower the quality of IITs.
At a press conference here to discussed the impact of this move on the students and their future, R L Trikha, Director & HOD Distance Education, FIITJEE Limited and C.V. Kalyan Kumar, Director, FIITJEE Limited spoke at length on the topic "Change of assessing students in school, based on CCE and the current proposal of merging all National Engineering Exams - IIT-JEE & AIEEE with inclusion of Boards Exams. Is it a boon or a burden?".
According to Trikha, "JEE was a major factor that gave IITs the exclusivity that they command today. A student preparing for JEE prepared for the test with the sole purpose of entering IIT and not a regional engineering college.
"School boards like CBSE, ICSE are easier to score compared to state boards. This is unfair to students appearing for state boards compared to CBSE. States like Bihar, the state board awards lower marks than the national boards."
"A better option would be to have multiple rounds of screening tests, rather than giving 40% weightage to 12th standard results. This decision will lower the standards of IIT, already IITs have been criticized for lack of quality, this decision may be a big blow, as we do not know what change will follow in the opening and closing ranks of IITs.
"There is also a need for uniform syllabus, since different boards have different marking systems, which needs to be standardized. And lastly, the student will face immense pressure as there's a single exam to make it or break it," he said.
The recent decision of the MHRD of merging IIT joint Entrance Exams (JEE) and All India Engineering Entrance Exams (AIEEE) into one has stirred mixed reaction by student community and academicians.
If everything falls in place, by 2013 there shall be a common entrance test for all government engineering colleges. The common entrance test scores will also be applicable to those states who currently accept AIEEE scores for entrance in their respective regional colleges.
HRD Ministry expects more states to follow the suit. With this decision another significant change is that along with the test scores, student's 12th standard marks will have 40% weightage.
However the proposal for a merged examination has faced flak by the large IIT student community.
During the conference, C.V. Kalyan Kumar also shared future expansion plans of FIITJEE.
According to Kumar, "We are aiming to provide a platform to students for truly global career, yet grounding them in solid Indian value systems."
"Vision without action is just a dream; action without vision is simply waste of time, and action with vision only makes a positive difference in anything you do," said Trikha when asked what's next for FIITJEE in the coming years.
He said, "We will keep marching on with our core values and keep demonstrating next levels of excellence with consistency to remain a leader in this industry and contribute to society through education at all levels.
"However, we also have many roaring education-oriented diversification plans through a series of rapid expansion programs for next 2 years in India and abroad."