Tamil Nadu govt opposes National Testing Agency

Opposing a proposal in the National Education Policy 2020 that the National Testing Agency should conduct entrance examinations, Tamil Nadu has told the Centre that the move would discourage rural students.

In a letter to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal., Tamil Nadu Minister for Higher Education K P Anbalagan said, “The NEP 2020 has proposed to conduct entrance examination by the National Testing Agency (NTA). This move would discourage rural students and the Government of Tamil Nadu is not for such a proposal. Further, this will be an added burden on the students.”

He said that the state government may be allowed to continue with the present model of having autonomous colleges and colleges affiliated to a university.

Anbalagan said that the strategy of categorising colleges only as autonomous or constituent colleges will deprive affiliated colleges the capacity or capability of becoming autonomous degree-granting colleges.

According to the NEP, “The NTA will serve as a premier, expert,autonomous testing organisation to conduct entrance examinations for undergraduate and graduate admissions and fellowships in higher educational institutions.

The high quality, range, and flexibility of the NTA testing services will enable most universities to use these common entrance exams – rather than each university conducting their own entrance exam- thereby drastically reducing the burden on students, universities and colleges and the entire education system.”

The NTA will work to offer high-quality common aptitude test, as well as specialised common subject exams in sciences, humanities, languages, arts and vocational subjects at least twice every year.