IIT Entrance Exam Online

IIT entrance exam JEE advanced to go completely online from 2018

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) will go completely online from 2018. The Joint Admission Board (JAB), which is the policy-making body on IIT admissions, took the decision at a meeting in Chennai yesterday. In a statement, IIT-Madras Director and JAB Chairman Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi said it has been decided that the JEE Advanced will be conducted in online mode from 2018 onwards. 

Union Human Resource Development Ministry had earlier introduced the option of taking the JEE-Mains online. The JEE-Mains is the entrance examination for admission to engineering courses offered across the country and a qualifying exam for JEE-Advanced which is required for admission to the prestigious IITs and NITs.

20 World Class Universities

Government to make 20 universities world class: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that his government plans to invest one thousand crore rupees to transform 20 universities into world class educational institutions. In his Independence Day address at the Red Fort, Modi said the Centre has taken an important step to grant the universities freedom from restrictions to make them world class universities. 

He said that the government will not interfere in their functioning. The Prime Minister said he is confident that the education institutions of the country will certainly come forward and make it a success. Modi added that the government had set up six IITs, seven new IIMs and eight new IIITs over the last three years.

AICTE

AICTE to shut down engineering colleges with less than 30% admissions

With over 27 lakh seats lying vacant in various engineering colleges across the country, All India Council for Technical Education, AICTE, has decided to close down those technical colleges which recorded less than 30 percent admissions in the last five years. Speaking at the world education summit, Chairman of AICTE Anil D Sahasrabuddhe said that such colleges will be closed down from next year. 

According to ACTED data, there are around ten thousand three hundred fifty engineering institutions in the country that are approved by the AICTE with a total intake capacity of over 37 lakh students. Out of this, 27 lakh seats are lying vacant. 

Allahabad High Court

Allahabad HC directs CBSE to revise marks of all candidates who appeared in NEET 2017

The Allahabad High Court today directed the CBSE to revise marks awarded to all candidates who had appeared in the NEET exam this year and decide the 'merit/rank accordingly' in view of incorrect reply for one of the 180 objective type questions provided in the answer key.

The Division Bench comprising of Justice Tarun Agarwala and Justice Ashok Kumar passed the order while allowing a writ petition. The petitioner had moved the court with the contention that he was 'dismayed to see that the official answer to question number 172 of test booklet Y was incorrect" following which he provided a representation against the OMR grading.

NCERT Books Available Online

NCERT launches Web Portal for supply of NCERT Textbooks

Minister of State for Human Resource Development Upendra Kushwaha launched the NCERT’s Web portal for supply of textbooks to schools and individuals at a function in New Delhi yesterday. 

The portal will ensure better distribution of textbooks across the country and address the concerns of schools and parents, regarding unavailability of textbooks. The Web Portal can be accessed at www.ncertbooks.ncert.gov.in.