Class 12 board marks will not be taken into account for entry into National Institutes of Technology (NITs) from the 201617 academic year. A sub-committee of the NIT council, the highest decision-making body of the NITs, agreed unanimously on Tuesday to allow admission into the technical institutions based entirely on Joint Entrance Examination-Main (JEE-Main) scores.
The decision of the standing committee of the council of NITs will be ratified by the NIT council that meets on October 1. According to the existing policy, 40% weight is given to board marks and 60% to the JEE-Main score for admission to NITs. The decision to do away with the system comes in the backdrop of failure of the CBSE to come out with JEE-Main ranking lists on time.
The delays were due to extra time taken by state boards in submitting Class 12 marks. A number of state boards, including those of Bihar, Jharkhand, Telangana, Assam, Kerala and Karnataka, have delayed submitting their results in the past, leading to delays in publishing ranking lists which in turn delayed the joint counselling for admissions to IITs and NITs.
The weightage system was introduced in 2012 by then HRD minister Kapil Sibal in the belief that students would pay more attention to board exams instead of concentrating on the curriculum of coaching institutes. Following the delay in publishing of ranking lists, the Smriti Irani-led HRD ministry formed a panel to study the weightage system and submit its recommendations.
The panel recommended scrapping of the weightage system, sources said. Its report argued the system had failed to check the menace of coaching centres and instead led students to opt for them to improve their board results.
This is the second UPA introduced decision related to examination reforms scrapped by the NDA government. Earlier, the controversial percentile system that governed students’ eligibility for admissions into the IITs was changed in September last year. The system required successful candidates to be among the top-20 percentile scorers in the Class 12 exams of their respective boards.
The government changed it to “top 20 percentile or 75% marks in the state board examinations, whichever is lower” for a seat in the IITs.