New Delhi, 13th September, 2015: With a government-appointed panel likely to recommend scrapping of weightage given to marks obtained in board examinations, admissions to the NITs from next year could be based entirely on JEE-Main scores.

“We would be recommending scrapping of weightage given to board marks,” Director of IIT Bombay and a member of the panel, Devang Khakhar, has said.

HRD Minister Smriti Irani chairs a meeting of the NIT council that would take a final decision on the committee’s recommendations. The final word on the issue could come early next month.

The existing policy states that 40 per cent weightage is given to board marks and 60 per cent to the JEE-Main score for admission to an National Institute of Technolgy (NIT).

Official sources said the committee took into account several factors while deciding on its recommendations that included delays witnessed this year in the common counselling for admissions to the IITs and NITs.

In 2015 result declaration, the CBSE had delayed to publish the JEE-Main rank list on time for the counselling and put it on the state boards for delaying in submitting class XII marks. The ranks, as we know, are decided after giving weightage to the class 12 results. Following this incident, the committee recommended to scrap off class XII results so as to not rely on it.

The delay had a cascading effect that led to the postponement of admissions to the IITs, causing anxiety among students and parents.

A committee member said the reform in the JEE exams introduced by the erstwhile UPA government by giving weightage to the board results had failed to achieve the desired goals.

“It was felt that the reform would put an end to the menace of coaching, but on the contrary, more students went for coaching to better their scores in board exams.”

“Besides, attracting increased number of rural students into the premier technical institutes this reform met with little success as the admission (rural:urban) ratio during the last three years remained practically unchanged at 30:70,” he said.

While recommending scrapping of the weightage system, the panel is likely to suggest securing 60 per cent marks or 70 percentile in class XII, whichever is lower, as a criteria for eligibility of a candidate to appear for the examination conducted for admissions to the premier technical institutes.

(Info source: excerpts from The Hindu)

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