[Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) Prakash Javadekar interacting with students at J.A.T. Girls High School and Junior College NTA Test Practice Centre in Malegaon Nashik district of Maharashtra. (ummid.com photo)]
New Delhi: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) Prakash Javadekar Sunday inaugurated a network of more than 3,400 Test Practice Centres (TPCs) spread across 622 districts in the country. The centres will be run under National Testing Agency (NTA).
A total of 25 Test Practice Centres (TPCs), including J.A.T. Girls High School and Junior College Malegaon in Maharashtra, joined Minister of HRD through Google Hangouts in this inauguration at New Delhi today.
These test centres have been set up to facilitate students appearing in entrance examinations for Higher Education, including NEET, JEE, NET, CMAT and GPAT, to hold practice sessions to enable them to get used to the changed mode and pattern of examination.
While interacting with Test Practice Centres (TPCs), the Union Minister said that the government is committed to provide quality education with equity, 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", the Minister said while inaugurating the centres and speaking with students through video conferencing.
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", the minister 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 on smartphones. This is the real revolution in the field of competitive examinations", the Minister said.
While interacting with students, HRD Minister informed students that now they 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. Students from various centres appreciated and thanked the government for this particular initiative. Secretary, Higher Education R. Subrahmanyam and DG, NTA Vineet Joshi were also present during the video conference.
In order to bring efficiency, transparency and qualitative difference in competitive examination process for Higher Education, MHRD has set up ‘National Testing Agency’ (NTA), (www.nta.ac.in) a premier testing organization, to conduct entrance Tests for higher educational Institutions.
The NTA has been mandated to conduct JEE (Main), NEET (UG),UGC-NET, CMAT and GPAT examinations.
NTA has established, a network of ‘Test Practice Centres’ (TPCs) across the country in about 622 Districts in 33 States/UTs, so that students of rural areas and others, get an opportunity to practice the Computer Based Test (CBT) before the exam. The TPCs will provide Mock Tests to the candidates of JEE (Main) and UGC-NET examinations.
[Students practicing at J.A.T. Girls High School and Junior College NTA Test Practice Centre in Malegaon Nashik district of Maharashtra on Sunday September 16, 2018. (ummid.com photo)]
For setting up TPCs, the NTA has engaged a large number of schools and colleges, that have 30 or more Internet connected PCs/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. As on date, more than 3400 TPCs have been setup including 689 Kendriya Vidyalayas and 403 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas.
Any student can use the facility in TPC free of charge. For registration, students across the country can register themselves, online through NTA Website (https://www.nta.ac.in) or using ‘NTA Student App’ available on Play Store. They can offer their choice of TPCs near their location.
Students are communicated about the allotted TPC, a day before practice date through SMS. At the allotted TPC, they can practice and experience the actual method of taking a CBT. Computer Based Mock tests are provided to the candidates of JEE (Main) and UGC-NET, so that they can familiarize themselves with the logging process, going through detailed instructions regarding the test, using the mouse for attempting each question, navigating between questions, reviewing and editing their options and submitting questions as they would be required to do in the actual tests.
The TPCs are made operational based on the student demand. A trial run, of Mock Tests, was conducted on the 8th and 9th September 2018, wherein 2,452 candidates practiced at 96 TPCs across the country. The candidates were also provided instantaneous assessment and feedback on the Mock Test.
About 2,000 candidates were scheduled for 15th September in which 87 TPCs participated and about 3,000 candidates were scheduled for 16th September in which 85 TPCs participated.
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