Coaching centres are quite confident that they will keep on guiding students for better preparation, despite the moves to introduce major changes in entrance examinations to the prestigious technology institutes. The IIT council had constituted a committee to suggest changes to deter candidates from depending on coaching centers.
Reacting to these recommendations, those engaged in the coaching business said short-term preparatory courses would become more popular, as students will take to them to be able to tackle the aptitude tests.
The Committee of Eminent Persons (CEP) under the chairmanship of Ashok Mishra had, in the first week of November, made a few suggestions to prevent students from opting for coaching centres. Among these was the move to not grant any weightage at all to school-leaving examinations.
A single entrance test was proposed for IITs and NITs, indicating that the JEE (Main) and JEE (Advanced) should be merged. Among the most important recommendations was the introduction of a compulsory aptitude test, passing which would be made mandatory for just taking the JEE. It is learnt that if this provision is put into effect, about four lakh candidates could be shortlisted for JEE, on the basis of their performance in the aptitude test.
The aptitude test would conduct an assessment of the student’s ability for scientific and innovative thinking, which it is claimed cannot be gained through coaching.
DK Mishra, director of Aviral Coaching Centre told TOI, “Even if the aptitude test format is introduced for IIT aspirants, it will not at all impact the coaching business. On the contrary, more students will approach us for guidance. We will ensure them exposure to over 100 such online aptitude tests a year, making them better prepared for the probable change.”
He added that the only way to deter coaching would be to make schooling that much more intense an experience.
Meanwhile, it is reported that the Union human resource development ministry has announced that there will be no change in the entrance format for the examinations next year.
A National Testing Service is likely to be set up by 2016. This body will be responsible for conducting the aptitude test, which can be taken two or more times a year, online. The CEP has suggested that all changes in the structure of the JEE be effected from 2017.
Vaibhav Rai, director of VR Classes, also said that the recommended changes would not dent his business. It could, on the contrary, have even more students turn to coaching, he said. The only change he anticipated was that even more students who had opted to take a break from studies to prepare for these examinations would be successful, as they would have an edge over students busy preparing for their board examinations.
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Source: The Times of India