The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry is trying to formulate a National Authority for Testing (NAT) for students who wish to get an entry into the various Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Before sitting for the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE), the candidates will have to appear for the NAT.The first task of NAT, which is expected to come up soon, would include conducting tests in the latter half of the year. The candidates who are interested to appear for JEE will be short listed on the baiss of the scores obtained in NAT.
A committee constituted by the IIT council recently recommended changes to the entrance examination structure for these prestigious institutes, including the setting up of a National Testing Service. According to the changes, the testing service would conduct exams that would act as a basis for short listing around four lakh candidates for JEE.
Many of the recommendations of the Ashok Mishra-led Committee of Eminent Persons (CEP), which submitted its report to the government on November 5, last year, were aimed at weaning away IIT aspirants from coaching institutes. The JEE, which is being conducted for the last few years in two parts: Mains and Advanced, might be converted into a single entrance examination.