The Minister of Human Resource Department Kapil Sibal's 'One Nation, One Examination' formula for engineering colleges is not going down well. The minister came under attack from IIT's, 'Super 30' Coaching institute Founder Anand Kumar and even some parents too.
On Monday he announced a 'unanimous' decision of the Council's of IIT, NIT's and IIIT's to move to a common entrance examination for all engineering colleges from 2013. As a concession to IIT's, which had put up strong resistance, it was agreed that these engineering schools could use a different formulation for selecting students.
The minister had said the common gateway examination for engineering examination was adopted to reduce pressure of multiple exams on students, restore the importance of school boards and reduce the importance of coaching schools. Now, many of them question's the ability to actually address these issues.
Parents are equally concerned on this issue. A Father says “The new examination is complicated, as it adds another hurdle in a three-stage race. It will definitely create more stress levels on students instead of reducing it”. Parents fee its totally logical to make it mandatory for every applicant to appear for the advanced examination, given that it was primarily meant for admission to IIT's.
'Super 30' Coaching institute Founder Anand Kumar argued if the government was keen to reduce the importance of coaching, then it should ensure better secondary education, so that people had faith in the school system. “Students are running for coaching institutes not because they have extra money to spend. It is because they look for whatever quality they can get from the institutes, which is not available in schools. “The man, credited with helping over 300 students from marginalized classes to get admission to IIT's, is an all in favour of reforming the entracne procedure to make it more inclusive.
So are you a student/teacher of IIT's, IIT's or NIT's, parent or an engineering student??? Do you feel this examination formula can bring up good results in future? Can students of all states be able to take up this common exam? Share your views on New 'Single Engineering Exam' method, its Advantages or Disadvantages, and more.......