Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Photo By: Mohi Narayan
Scrapping JEE and AIEEE is no joke. To what extent is it justified? One needs to ponder over it. What necessitates replacement of JEE with ISEET? And, why is this proposal being pushed in such a hurry?
Ministry of HRD has grievances – much to state the unexplainable stress management – against the pattern of JEE. There, Kapil Sibbal poses, in volumes, about (ISEET) Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test. This new entrance exam, based on the lines of SAT, aims to unify multiple entrance examinations – not counting private engineering colleges which have yet not joined the “cause” as maintained by the minister – putting forth a question that how this step unifies the already hassle free AIEEE and JEE leaving aside hundreds of other entrance exams of different private institutes with a pair of ‘E’ at the end of their spellings.
Scrapping JEE and AIEEE is no joke. With such a step, one is deconstructing the gateways to the top institutions of the country, the IITs and the NITs. To what extent is it justified? The obvious reasons pointed out by Sibbal are as debatable as the ministry itself. One needs to ponder over it. What necessitates replacement of JEE with ISEET? Stress levels? Even the examinees hesitate to buy that. Doing away with multiple entrance exams? Bring private institutions under it.
Ignored by the ministry, India has been facing dilution of private institutions which could have stood tall with the IITs. The reasons are more obvious than those pointed out against JEE. Admissions are largely invited under the management quota for which parents pay gaily. Moreover, the government seems to be too ignorant to notice the ever increasing number of engineering colleges across the country – without proper structure and faculty – producing a mammoth pool of less competent engineers. Parents are ready to pay even for those. Education mafia in India has penetrated deep into the minds of the ignorant mass. And, everyone seem to have got accustomed with it. Needless to infer that the future awaits more unemployed youth.
The ministry, however, is obtuse about all other affairs and seems to be more concerned about scrapping JEE to reduce stress levels and to reduce number of coaching centers – another issue magically coined by them. The latter appears to be doubtful as advertisements of ISEET coaching have already been set afloat in the “markets”. The former, on the other hand, would lead us to one of the profound implications of introducing aptitude test in engineering entrance exams: the ministry must have had constructively planned to recruit new faculty at IITs and NITs who would indulge into teaching graphs and fundamentals of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics to the students possessed of aptitude. Faculty is yet another thorny issue that this front has been facing since years. Not just the IITs, almost all the Universities are malfunctioning in acute shortage of proper faculty.
There was no need to disturb the well established and the most reputed, oldest chain of educational institutions of the country. The ministry could have proposed recruitment of quality faculty or any step to raise the standards of private institutions would have been a much more sensible and appreciable effort. And, why this proposal is being pushed in such a hurry? It took the Janlokpal over 60 years and few fast unto death fiascos to come into light, after all.