|The right syllabus|
|Friday, 03 February 2017 00:00|
The 10% jump in allocation for the sector aside, Budget 2017 holds great promise for education, especially higher education, because of the reforms path it charts. The move to create a National Testing Agency (NTA) that will be responsible for carrying out various central level entrance tests will relieve the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), as finance minister Arun Jaitley noted in his Budget speech, of the burden of having to juggle both regulating affiliated schools and conducting four major entrance tests—the JEE MAINS for engineering, NEET-UG for medical, UGC-NET for entry-level teaching jobs in universities & colleges and UGC-funded research fellowships, and CTET for school-level teaching jobs. A Group of Secretaries (GoS) had recommended in its recently submitted report that other national-level entrance/qualifying exams such as CAT, GATE, etc, too be conducted by the NTA. Doing this would leave the respective administrators of these exams—the IIMs in the case of CAT and the IISc and the IITs in the case of GATE—free to concentrate on academic matters.