Students from far flung areas of northeast, interested in pursuing higher education, need not go anywhere for any test. The Centre on Monday has inaugurated 156 Test Practice Centres (TPCs) in this land locked region.
These test centres have been set up to facilitate students appearing in entrance examinations for higher education to hold practice sessions to enable them to get used to the changed mode and pattern of examination.
Launching the TPCs, Union Minister for HRD Prakash Javadekar has said that the government is committed to providing quality education, “Therefore we are launching test practice centres across the country for those students who do not have computers and smart phones. Now no student will suffer due to lack of resources.”
A network of more than 3,400 TPCs spread across the 622 districts in the country has been inaugurated. 25 TPCs joined Javadekar through Google Hangouts in this inauguration at New Delhi.
Mizoram has nine TPCs in seven districts having availability of 301computers. Nagaland has nine TPCs in seven districts with 417 computers. Meghalaya has eleven TPCs in its seven districts with 535 computers. Tripura has twelve TPCs in five with 549 computers. Manipur has 17 TPCs in 10 districts with 618 computers. Arunachal Pradesh has 21 TPCs in 14 districts with 655. Assam has 77 TPCs in 30 districts with 3862 computers.
Javadekar further said that the government has changed the pattern of JEE (Mains) and UGC NET Examination from this year. “Now it has become computer based instead of pen and paper mode. The new exam pattern is more transparent, leak proof, scientific, student friendly and fast,” he said.
In order to provide facility for practice for the changed pattern, National Testing Agency (NTA) has established test practice centres across the country. NTA has also launched a practice app through which students can practice on their own on their computers or smartphones. This is the real revolution in the field of competitive examinations, the minister said.
While interacting with students, HRD Minister informed that now students can access IIT PAL (Professor Assisted Learning) video lecture on SWAYAM Platform for the preparation of JEE. The HRD Minister received overwhelming response from all 25 test practice centres.
Secretary, Higher Education R Subrahmanyam and DG, NTA Vineet Joshi were also present during the video conference.
For setting up TPCs, the NTA has engaged a large number of schools and colleges, that have 30 or more Internet connected PCs and laptops at one location. Depending on the demand, the TPCs function for one shift (02:30 PM – 05:30 PM) on all Saturdays and two shifts (11:00 AM – 02:00 PM, 02:30 PM – 05:30 PM) on Sundays.