New Delhi: The government’s proposal to permit the National Testing Agency (NTA) to conduct the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Advanced for admission to the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) has been turned down by the later. The IITs feel that it would not lessen their burden.
The NTA is envisioned as the largest exam-conducting body in the country, as approved by the union cabinet on Nov 10.
The IIT Directors met on December 15 in Chennai for a meeting to decide against the involvement of NTA in JEE Advanced. The entrance examination is a gateway to secure a seat amongst the 23 premier engineering schools.
As per the report of Indian Express, “Handing over the entrance test makes little sense as it would not lessen the burden of the IITs. The agency would have had to keep coming back to our faculty to set the question papers,” said the director of one of the seven older IITs, who did not wish to be identified.
“Let’s say, even if the NTA were to take over JEE (Advanced), IITs will not give up the prerogative to send at least one of its teachers to every exam centre to review the choice of centres,” he added.
During the UPA-II government, the IITs had refused to merge their test with AIEEE (used by the National Institutes of Technology for admission) for a single window entrance examination.
Such a decision by the IITs could affect the IIMs who can decide to part with the Common Admission Test (CAT).