The concept of introducing one single examination for admission to all undergraduate courses in science and engineering has received overwhelming support. As many as 73% of the people who sent in their responses backed the proposal.
A committee under T Ramasami, secretary, department of science and technology, involved in designing the national testing scheme had sought public opinion on the proposal through a specially designed questionnaire on a range of issues. A website was launched in May 2011 to seek responses online and was open till June 21, 2011.
The National Testing Scheme will mean that applicants will not have to give multiple examinations conducted across the country by various institutions or consortium of institutions.
HRD ministry said 2,063 responses were obtained and analysed by the committee. An overwhelming majority of the respondents were in favour of the reforms in the examination system with 59% suggesting major changes and 26% advocating partial changes. The suggestions indicated were preference for a single examination having high knowledge intensity and features such as alignment with the Class XII examination syllabus, affordable examination fee, judicious use of time and money and transparency in examination results.
Substantial support also came for a weighting factor for performance in the school board examinations at Class XII. Weighting factor was favoured by 66% of the respondents. Of the respondents who were against the weighting of the Class XII board examinations for admission to undergraduate programmes, the principal reason cited was of non-uniformity across state examination boards.
Of the responses, 98.5% were from India and 11% were from women. As many as 74% of the respondents had a science or engineering background. Among those who sent in responses, 59% were students, 32% were employed and 5% were parents. The recommendations of the Ramasami Committee would be finalized by September.