Published On: Tue, Aug 2nd, 2011

I dream of all-India entrance test by 2013: Kapil Sibal

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“My real dream is by 2013, I should have the first all India test,” said Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal. He said that  it is his “dream” to implement a single common entrance examination for admission in undergraduate programmes by 2013. The minister said that the aim of the National Aptitude Test is to reduce psychological and financial stress on students.

The idea is to make Class 12 students appear for a single aptitude test whose results will be the basis for their admissions, after giving due weightage to the board exam results.

HRD Ministry has already appointed a committee headed by T Ramasami, Secretary in the Department of Science and Technology, to re- look into the test methodology of selecting students and have a common system for admission.

Sibal informed that Ramasami panel had carried out a study seeking opinion on common admission test and “response is that 80 per cent of the people in India want it,” he said.

Clarifying that the initiative has got green signal from all the political parties, Sibal said, “No political party has said no to that (to the test).”

Asked about opposition from Tamil Nadu to this concept, he said “that is a peculiarly Tamil Nadu legislative decision, which is now being challenged in Madras High Court. That’s entirely different from having a separate test.”

He said if there is an all India list and there is an equalisation procedure which takes into account each state board, then every child can get admission to the institution of his choice and there can be no capitation fee.

According to ministry sources, the minister is spending a lot of time to overhaul the college admission system to make it a far cry from the unrealistic 100 per cent cut-offs fixed by some colleges.

Speaking on the crucial Foreign Education Bill being tabled in the monsoon session of parliament, Sibal ensured that he would push it to get it cleared. The bill will give Indian students access to quality education from foreign institutions in India, he added.

Stressing on the need of public-private partnership (PPP) in education, Sibal opined that PPP mode is  vital in boosting the skill development sector.

[Source: Economic TimesTehelka]