The government has appointed a committee of IIT directors to suggest the revised entrance system under which class XII marks will be given importance along with the entrance marks. Any reports indicating that students would need to score above 80 percent for appearing in the joint entrance exams are baseless, Sibal told reporters.

Speaking to reporters here, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said the present criteria is that students need to secure 60 per cent at class XII for appearing in IIT-JEE. This is not acceptable. The minimum marks required for IIT-JEE could be raised up to 80 to 85 per cent. According to Sibal, the move is aimed at ensuring that students take their class XII seriously and checking the growth of coaching centres, which are thriving on imparting coaching to students for IIT entrance.

Sibal said a three-member committee has been set up to look into the curriculum and submit its report within three months, suggesting required changes. The IIT-JEE system was revised three years ago when the eligibility criteria was raised to 60 percent at class XII level for appearing in the entrance. At the IIT Council meeting, the minister said he also wanted to get rid of professional coaching for medical and engineering exams

The minister made the comments while chairing a meeting of the IIT Council here.

Source : Oneindia.in , Times of India

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The major announcements related to education sector in budget 2009-10 are:

  • Rs.827 crore allocated for opening one Central University in each uncovered State.
  • Rs.2,113 crore allocated for IITs and NITs which includes a provision of Rs.450 crore for new IITs and NITs.
  • Rs.50 crore allocated for Punjab University, Chandigarh. Plan allocation for Chandigarh to be suitably enhanced during the year to provide better infrastructure to the people of Chandigarh.
  • The overall Plan budget for higher education is to be increased by Rs.2,000 crore over Interim B.E. 2009-10.

Kapil Sibal’s (HRD minister) vision forward of revolutionising the education system (primarily school level) in India and Pranab Mukherjee (Finance Minister) has laid emphasis on the cause of higher education. Finance Minister has announced an increase of Rs 2,000 crore in plan expenditure to Rs 9,596 crore besides other sops especially for students from weaker section of the society.

The Union Budget 2009-10 has declared a scheme to provide full interest subsidy during the moratorium period on education loans taken from scheduled banks for pursuing any of the approved courses of study in technical and professional streams from a recognized institution in India. The scheme will be available to students from economically weaker sections to access higher education.

Information sourced from : SurfIndia,Rupess Times and Rediff

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