The APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University previously known as the Kerala Technological University (KTU) has requested the commissioner of the entrance examinations to let go of the complex manual procedures that are followed for the conduction of the entrance examination. Sources have claimed that the university has vouched for the commissioner for the introduction of an online mechanism for those candidates who are interested in order for the submission of their applications for the entrance examination.
The university also stated that “The practice of printing prospectus in book format should be limited to serve legal and administrative purposes. The application should be a four-page document, which is simple and easy to understand.” The commissioner of the entrance examinations had sought the suggestions of the university with regard to the new prospectus for the engineering admission and has learnt that the university is in favour of the introduction of fresh provisions in the prospectus in order to empower the colleges to admit the students that belong to other states as well.
The Kerala Self-financing Engineering College Managements’ Association (KSFECMA) has also stepped up its demand for a comprehensive overhaul of the entrance examinations and also has demanded that the new prospectus for the academic year 2016-2017 should be prepared with their consultation.
The KSFECMA president K Sasikumar stated that “We want the government to understand the new realities in the field of engineering education. Now the number of seats has overshot the demand. Unless some realistic changes are made, the charm of engineering education will be lost. We want the government to hold consultation with us before finalizing the new prospectus.”
The association has also demanded for an online mechanism that will eliminate the unnecessarily complex procedures. There should also be the discontinuation of the practice of asking the students for the submission of all the supporting documents such as the nativity, caste, and income certificate along with the application form.
The association president stated that “Let them ask the students to pay Rs 1,000 online and allow them to participate in the exam. There is no logic in asking all the applicants to submit a whole set of certificates at once with the application form.” He also added that a memorandum with regard to this would be submitted to the education minister on Wednesday.
The association also stated that it would be pushing for its previous demand that the entrance examination should only be held for those candidates who are seeking for admission in the merit quota seat. It also would ask the government to discard the normalization process, which according to them was erroneous as it gave undue advantage to state-syllabus students.