July 06, 2011

CBSE mulling over online route to medical, engineering institutions

Taking lessons from the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) 2011 paper leak, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is seriously mulling over an online route to admissions in medical and engineering institutions.

Verifying this here on Monday, CBSE chairman, Vinit Joshi, said, "Online tests and admissions are a way of life in the developed world. In fact this year, we conducted the AIEEE exam online as well though on a pilot basis. The experience has been satisfying and appears to be promising."

Joshi was in the city to inaugurate RBN Global school, which is a residential cum day boarding school based on the principle that every child is talented. Talking to the media, he added that a committee has already been constituted to examine the possibilities of conducting online medical and engineering entrance exams. The committee comprises Prof Phalguni Gupta of IIT Kanpur, Prof BR Garg from University of Delhi and a senior officer at CBSE, Delhi MC Sharma. The committee has also been asked to find out the source of the leak and suggest ways to plug in the gap. It has also been asked to expedite related issues highlighted during the course of police investigations.

Asked to comment on how practical the online solution was keeping in mind the magnanimity of the exam, Joshi said, "we can hold the exam in a phased manner. Spreading it across 10-15 days the way CAT was done is what I can see." He quickly added that there may be some teething troubles but the system would be a more reliable version.

Joshi also took interacted with principals of various CBSE schools in the region in a workshop on quality of education in the 21st century.
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