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The unfortunate U Turn … October 21, 2009

Posted by aglakadam in aglakadam, Children n Students.

HRD minister Kapil Sibal clarified that there was no proposal to allow only those with 80% marks in their Class XII examinations to sit in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for IITs. This is, to my understanding, an U Turn from his stand just to calm the controversy on the issue.

The minister said it was the IITs’ prerogative to decide what weightage to give to the Class 12 exam. Presently, the eligibility criteria for JEE is 60% marks in the Class 12 exam.
To me this is a very unfortunate event. We have been witnessing a Minister who has initiated various discussions and thought processes which are actually relevant and required to give a new level of workout to the Education Standard in India. A few of the suggestions post debate are also being implemented, like the phasing out of board examinations, the grading system vis a vis the numbering system in schools etc.
We should not discourage out thought leaders from making sea change thought processes.. just because a section of industry ( read : coaching) may get hit by a decision the rich and powerful should not lobby and coerce the thought leaders to take back their stands and viewpoints…

In fact I do recommend a better cut off in class 12th as an entry criterion for IIT JEE. Of late we have witnessed thousands and lacs of students ruthlessly bunking their school classes for the IIT coaching’s and also disrespecting their school teachers for the coaching teachers.. in the process the chances are that they do dilute their conceptual understanding of things as well….
Ajit Varwandkar, http://www.aglakadam.com / 21st Oct’09, 13.55 hrs



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