By Manasvi Gupta
As per the latest announcement by the Ministry of Education (Government of India), JEE Apex Board (JAB) is now responsible to conduct the JEE Mains and JEE Advanced exams for the years 2022 and 2023, instead of the National Testing Agency (NTA), which has been doing it for years now.
The Ministry appointed Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi (Former Director, IIT Madras) to head the 19-member JEE Apex Board body. Among them, the National Testing Agency (NTA) director general Vineet Joshi will be the member secretary, while the others include IIT, NIT directors, and CBSE chairman.
JAB will be solely responsible for the formulation of policies, rules and regulations for the conduct of JEE exams. It will also overlook the administration, finance, court cases, RTI, etc. related to JEE. While NTA will provide logistic and administrative support to the JAB. As per the notification, the decision was taken to ensure the smooth conduct of the JEE Main and JEE Advanced exams and to make the system more transparent.
Further, the JAB will also coordinate with the JEE Advanced conducting body for the overall smooth functioning of the exams, and the NTA will provide the JEE Apex Board with a permanent secretariat for the same purpose.
The official statement read: "The JAB would have a permanent secretariat which would be provided by the NTA. JAB will be assisted by the JEE Interface comprising five members drawn from NTA, IITs and a senior representative Indian Statistical Institutes (ISI) nominated by the Joint Apex Board."
The ministry further informed that the JAB of the IIT system (JAB-IIT) will continue conducting the JEE (Advanced), and the NIC/C-DAC will help the Apex Body with all the technical support to carry out the pre and post-examination work smoothly.
The JEE Apex Board will conduct the JEE Mains Session I examination from June 20 to 29, 2022, and the Session 2 exams from 21 to 30 July 2022. JEE Advanced exam is scheduled to be held on 28th August 2022.