School system is the reason why Kota will remain necessary evil

Police worry about the spike in suicides, students complain about the relentless academic grind and experts warn of the lurking menace of depression and drugs. And yet, everyone agrees that the big question is this: despite this high cost, why are more and more students drawn to the coaching factories of Kota every year?

The reason, they say, is a combination of factors that makes this education hub a mandatory stopover for those chasing a seat in top-notch engineering and medical courses. From a rigorous preparation format and better faculty to an unwavering focus on core subjects, all attributes that many find missing in the conventional education system available back home. Continue reading

New IIT test format will not hit coaching

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.
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Human Resource Development Ministry unlikely to set up Coaching Institute regulatory body as recommended by a IIT Committee.

In response to the recommendation of setting up a regulatory body for coaching institutes by Committee comprising of IIT Directors, Official sources said it was “not the ministry’s job to regulate private coaching institutes”. Instead, the ministry would take “effective” measures to “gradually” improve school education system, besides bringing in changes in the current format of entrance examinations conducted for admissions to centrally funded technical institutes in a couple of years.

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Major changes suggested in JEE by IIT Council. 2 Lakh students will be allowed to appear in JEE Advanced.

The Committee of Eminent Persons (CEP) constituted by the IIT Council has made a series recommendations which will change the structure of JEE to a greater extent. These changes in the structure of JEE shall be effected from 2017 onward.

Under the chairmanship of Ashok Misra, the CEP has recommended that a National Testing Service shall be set up by early 2016, mandated to conduct an aptitude test, which should test the scientific aptitude and innovative thinking ability of the candidates.

The aptitude test may be conducted two or more times a year and shall be an online test. The test shall be modeled such to make students apply scientific thinking. Based on this performance, about 4 lakh candidates shall be short-listed for taking the JEE.

The JEE itself will be on the lines of the current JEE (Advanced) and designed to test the knowledge in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics; and shall be conducted by the IITs. From this, ranks shall be issued to over 40,000 students who can seek admission in IITs and NITs based on a common counselling. The IITs have been recommended to set up a system for developing mock JEE examinations which may help students prepare for the exam. The possibility of using the MOOCS platform can also be explored.

The HRD ministry too has been suggested by CEP to take measures for the improvement of school education and the method of examination of the various Boards, so that students with the Science aptitude are well prepared in the concepts by the time they reach 12th grade.

According to CEP, till such time, that is for 2016 and 2017, the practice of two tier JEE examination shall be continued. The top 200,000 students from JEE (Main) shall be allowed to appear in JEE (Advanced). More than 40,000 ranks will be issued in JEE (Advanced) for developing a better system for selection of candidates. Joint counselling for IITs and NITs shall be continued as was done last year. Board marks shall not to be counted for giving rankings this year for NITs, CFTIs etc.

The Government has decided to place the recommendations in the public domain for widespread consultation with the stakeholders.

Performance of Resonance in JEE Advanced 2015:

Resonance is India’s leading coaching Institute which offers Classroom Coaching Programs for preparation of JEE Advanced & JEE Mains. Institute registered 4124 selections in JEE Advanced 2015 (2570 from classroom and 1554 from distance learning). This feat is best in whole India from any Single Institute of Kota and Resonance repeated it consecutively for third year. Total 11 ranks from Classroom Courses are in Top 150. Earlier, total 11561 candidates from Resonance were declared qualified to appear for JEE Advanced 2015 after appearing in JEE Mains 2015.

Performance of Resonance in JEE Main 2015:

Resonance observed more than 25000 selections in JEE Main 2015. All these students were qualified to attend the counselling of JEE Main. Total 11 students of Resonance, 3 from the Regular Classroom Program and 8 Students from Distance Learning Program of Resonance have made it to the Top 100 club in the declared Merit List of the General Category Students. Total 11561 candidates out of these were declared qualified to appear for JEE Advanced 2015 after appearing in JEE Main 2015.

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IIT Council meeting : Five outcomes which may lead to major changes from upcoming academic year

Indian Institute of Technology Council hosted 49th meeting with Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) on Tuesday regarding some of the major changes in IITs as the need of time to enhance the productivity of the institute. The Five outcomes of which are :

1. Quota of students appearing in JEE Advanced increased.

The council has approved the proposal of increasing the quota of students appearing for JEE Advanced from 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh. The proposal was put forth by  IIT Joint Admission Board  (JAB) in September.

The change was proposed taking into consideration the two-fold reasons, first, around 200 seats are lying vacant this year in IIT, and second, three more IITs will be taking admissions in next academic year. Continue reading