The Union Cabinet on Friday endorsed the foundation of the National Testing Agency (NTA), an autonomous body devoted to directing passage tests for advanced education, on the lines of the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in the United States. The NTA will direct passage tests depended to it by any division or service. As an initial step, it will assume control over all placement tests being sorted out by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), including UGC’s National Eligibility Test (NET), Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) and NEET.
Sources said the Human Resource Development Ministry is meaning to set up NTA in the following eight months, either in IIT Kanpur or IIT Delhi. At present, more than 40 lakh understudies show up for seven passageway tests — CAT, JEE (Main), JEE (Advanced), GATE, CMAT, NEET, NET — held by the CBSE, IITs, IIMs and AICTE consistently.
Despite the fact that NTA has been imagined as the nation’s biggest exam leading body, it stays to be checked whether the IIMs and IITs will hand over CAT and JEE (Advanced), individually, to this body. “Every one of those choices can be taken once the NTA is set up,” said a senior HRD Ministry official.
“The placement tests will be led in online mode no less than twice per year, subsequently putting forth a valiant effort,” expressed the administration’s press proclamation discharged on Friday. “NTA will be set up as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 as a free, independent, confident and self-supported chief testing association, with adaptability to pay advertise pay rates to the specialists.”
A few governments in the past have proposed and, in this way, racked setting up such an office. The Program of Action (1992) for execution of the National Policy on Education (1986) pushed the setting up of a national testing body. Progressive panels, for example, the National Knowledge Commission (2006-2009) and the Ashok Misra Committee on audit of JEE framework (2015), suggested constituting a free body for the lead of the examinations.
The service expects that the examination charge paid by 40 lakh understudies should make NTA completely confident and monetarily free to meet all managerial and operational costs. This body will be subjected to a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) review. At first, the legislature will give a one-time concede of Rs 25 crore for NTA to begin operation. It will have a leading group of governors and a chief general, will’s identity a prominent educationist.