National Testing Agency (NTA)
The Union cabinet has approved the creation of National Testing Agency (NTA) as a Society registered as per the Indian Societies Registration Act, 1860, as an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for higher academic institutions. In view of the requirement to possess a specialized body in India just like the most advanced countries, the finance minister in the Budget speech of 2017-18 had declared setting up of a National Testing Agency (NTA) as an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organization to conduct all entrance examinations for higher academic institutions.
The NTA would at first conduct those entrance examinations that are presently being conducted by the CBSE. different examinations are going to be taken up gradually when NTA is fully all set.The entrance examinations are going to be conducted in online mode a minimum of twice a year, thereby giving adequate chance to candidates to bring out their best. In order to serve the requirements of the rural students, it’d find the centers at sub-district/district level and as so much as possible would undertake active training to the students.
NTA is going to be chaired by an eminent educationist appointed by MHRD.The chief executive officer will be the Director-General to be appointed by the govt.There will be a Board of Governors comprising members from user institutions. The Director-General will be assisted by nine verticals headed by academicians/ specialists.NTA will be given a one-time grant of Rs.25 crore from the govt. of India to begin its operation within the 1st year. Thereafter, it’ll be financially self-sustainable.
Establishment of NTA will benefit about forty lakh students appearing in varied entrance examinations. it’ll relieve CBSE, AICTE, and different agencies from the responsibility of conducting these entrance examinations, and also bring in high responsibility, standardized problem level for assessing the aptitude, intelligence and problem-solving skills of the students.
♦ Pradeep Gautam