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BITS test all set to go online

THIRTY YEARS of tradition at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, will come to an end this year. All these years, BITS, a deemed university since 1964, made admissions to its degree programmes strictly on the basis of the marks obtained in the Plus-Two examinations conducted by various boards.

Unlike other institutions of its kind, BITS did not have State quota, management quota or NRI quota. Since 2002, the Central Government has been pressing BITS to abandon its time-tested method of giving admission and to fall in line with the entrance tests the Government conducts.

BITS said the best deal for students would be an online test. In October 2004, the Government allowed deemed universities to conduct their own admission tests. Accordingly, BITS has now decided that from 2005, all admissions to its degree programmes on the campuses at Pilani and Goa will be made through an online entrance examination, `BITSAT-2005'.

BITS has said that it will not abandon direct admission to toppers in board examinations. It has also said that to qualify for BITSAT, one should have a pass in the 12th standard examinations with at least 80 per cent aggregate marks for physics, chemistry and mathematics.

For details, visit www. bits-pilani.ac.in/BITSAT/

G. Mahadevan

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