As the new rules for the IIT entrance, which is to give 50 percent weightage to board exams, are implemented, experts have had a wide range of reactions. Also, according to the new rule there will be a single exam for the IITs and centrally funded engineering collages.
“We are proposing a system where it will be a hit or miss one shot examination system. In my mind that increases the pressure on the students,” said Zubin Malhotra, a career counsellor, on CNN-IBN.
“Essentially what is causing pressure is that we don’t have enough good engineering or medical seats. The system tries to copy SAT kind of system of the US, however SAT can be taken a number of times in a year and not in one shot,” Malhotra said.
Also on CNN-IBN was director of IIT Kanpur Prof. Sanjay Dhande who supported the HRD ministry’s move.
“The number of papers the students will appear for remain exactly the same…I don’t see any reasons why one should raise alarms in terms of this new pattern” Dhande said.
When asked about the coaching institutes, Dhande said, “They are the scourge of the society. Only way they can go is if schools are better and better.”