The Union Minister for HRD Shri Prakash Javadekar has inaugurated a network of more than 3,400 Test Practice Centers (TPCs) spread across the 622 Districts in the country. These test centers 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. (cfr. https://www.nta.ac.in/registration)
While interacting with Test Practice Centers (TPCs), the Union Minister said that the government is committed to provide quality education with equity, therefore we are launching Test Practice Centers 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 added.
He 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. In order to provide facility for practice for the changed pattern, National Testing Agency (NTA) has established Test Practice Centers 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 evolution in the field of competitive examinations, the Minister Explained.
While interacting with students, HRD Minister informed students that now students can access IIT PAL
(Professor Assisted Learning) video lecture on SWAYAM Platform for the preparation of JEE. The HRD
Minister received overwhelmed response from all 25 Test Practice Centers. Students from various centers appreciated and thanked the government for this particular initiative. Secretary, Higher Education Shri R. Subrahmanyam and DG, NTA Shri 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.