New Delhi: After the IITs, National
Institute of Technologies (NITs) have endorsed a proposal for
a single entrance test across the country for admission to
undergraduate programmes in science and engineering.
The Central Advisory Board of Education will take a final
call before the single entrance aptitude test is put in place
by 2013-14 academic sessions, HRD officials said.
The chairpersons and board of governors at the NIT
council meeting here today, chaired by HRD Minister Kapil
Sibal, also agreed for a revised NIT merit award with waiver
in tuition fee to all those who are ranked in the top bracket
of the AIEEE examination.
On the issue of a common entrance test, the meeting
arrived at a "consensus that the system, which envisages a
judicious mix of school performance and the performance at
proposed common test, will usher in an alternative admission
system which will reduce the multiplicity of tests and
dependency on coaching," said a statement issued by the
The testing process will be aligned to class XII
The IIT council, which deliberated the proposal for a
common entrance test earlier based on the recommendations of
the T Ramasami committee, had decided that weightage of class
XII board exam should also be taken into account for admission
after including the performance of students appearing in
respective board exams.
The NIT council also decided a four-tier flexible system
for faculty appointment, as existing in the IIT system, be
introduced in NITs.