AIADMK opposes centralised exam test and demands state government to conduct
He said such joint or combined tests only help elites get through. He said a shortage of doctors in rural areas is because states are not allowed to hold tests.
When M Thambui Durai (AIADMK), who is also the Deputy Speaker, raised the issue, several members cutting across party lines supported him by thumping on their tables.
Raising the issue during Question Hour, Thambi Durai said since the National Testing Agency will hold entrance tests twice a year, students would spend more time preparing for it than concentrate on their Class XII syllabus.
Responding to a supplementary, Javadekar clarified that the entrances to be held by the National Testing Agency will not be "online" but only "computer-based" where students will have to rely on already downloaded answer sheets using a mouse.
He said the government is also considering to allow students to take the test using paper answer sheets during the transitional first year.
Students, he said, can take training to appear for the computer-based test.
The HRD Minister also said questions were raised about the "non-scientific" manner in which papers are set in different board and university tests.
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