Commenting on the future of education, Vineet Joshi, Chief, National Testing Academy (NTA) discussed about exploring mechanisms to conduct exams in the future from home without allowing any scope for unjust practices. The plan was revealed during a web-discussion where he highlighted the efforts by the agency, which also conducts competitive NEET and JEE exams, to hold such exams directly from students’ homes.
“In fact, recently a home-based exam was conducted for the Sports Authority of India (SAI) by the NTA. However, there is no planning to hold bigger exams like JEE or NEET through such mode. NTA is only developing capacity for the future,” commented the official.
Students and parents had expressed discontent and paranoia regarding students appearing for JEE and NEET at the centres as novel coronavirus cases soar in the country. The pandemic also had resulted in extreme delay of these exams.
“While the NTA has made preparations, the Home Ministry guidelines have suggested that educational institutions stay closed. The CBSE exams were also postponed. The task is challenging and the ministry will announce its decision soon,” said a government official.
In the webinar, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Vice-Chancellor Nageshwar Rao emphasized on the need to familiarise students with online tests, early from the school level.