Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Re: [IAC#RG] Very Urgent Public Grievance for IITJEE (Mains) 2017 changes

Dear respected Dua ji

The situation is not as simple as that, if only it were so. Some random thoughts

There is a hugely profitable IIT-JEE coaching mafia which operates in select cities where poor/middle-class families turn to in desperation because schools are so bad.

This is coupled with mushrooming of sub-standard private engineering colleges (masquerading as State Universities and thus out of AICTE ambit) churning out worthless engineers who are unable to get into "good" institutes. Most of these institutes are benaamis of netas.

Then you have SC/ST/OBC reservations which take away 50% seats

The mark distribution for CBSE exams is badly skewed because of rampant coaching classes and is far from normal (ie. not at all bell shaped) distribution.

The IIT-JEE (Mains) exam itself is badly flawed, and does not put forward the right candidates for IIT. BTW, I am not saying this, the IIT Directors are saying it. The IIT (Advanced) is still a respectable enough exam.

The Class 12 exam marks have low correlation to IIT JEE engg. entrance exam marks. The skill sets being tested are quite different.

Incidentally, although I myself qualified for IIT (through JEE) and got Mechanical Engg. in IIT-Delhi, I instead opted to join BITS Pilani (as a Maharastra HSC Board ranker) for it. Later in 1986 when I joined IIT-Delhi for M.Tech in Mech Engg, I found the faculty and academics there so pathetic that I un-enrolled myself after 10 days.

That my choice was correct, can be summed up by looking at Arvind Kejriwal, who I am very sure does not remember ABC of what he learned of Mechanical at IIT despite his getting a First Div in it, and who was found to be completely incompetent to be an engineer by Tatas when he joined them.

On Thu, Sep 1, 2016 at 9:10 AM, R. Dua <> wrote:

Respectfully Disagree with the plea in this post.
May bring to kind notice of all concerned that 75 percent is minimum to qualify for application into any decent institute these days.With all the gadgets available these days and today's gen this is the minimum % we expect frm the entry level students to any recognized Institute.
We don't want JNU type money eating joints where so called students loiter around for yrs.
Infact agree with last para of the above plea that 75percent minimum shd be set for all entry level.
Regards to all.

On 1 Sep 2016 02:46, "Sarbajit Roy" <> wrote:
B-59 Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024
Tel : +91-8010205897

1) Shri. Prakash Javadekar
Hon'ble Minister of HRD

2) Shri. R. Subrahmanyam
Additional Secretary (TE)


Respected Sirs,

I regret to inform you that many student members of India Against Corruption, jan andolan, ("IAC") are greatly concerned and aggrieved by the rather strange decision dt. 8.April.2016 of the Dept. Of Higher Education,  communicated by Shri. R. Subrahmanyam Additional Secretary (TE), in File no. F-19-5/2014/TS 1 to set a base eligibility criteria of 75% aggregate in "best of 5" Class XII subjects even for admission into the National Institute of Technologies (NITs).

As we are also the replying stakeholders to the Dept's public notice of Nov. 2015 on this issue, we wish to strongly protest / object that at no stage in the consultation process was it communicated to us, or recommended or even suggested by the IIT Council / the Committee of so-called Eminent persons that a minimum of 75% marks in aggregate in Class 12 is proposed to be imposed for admission into the NITs.

Notably, the present eligibility for the NITs is only for minimum 50% aggregate in class 12, so this sudden and unexplained 50% base hike in eligibility criteria is very disquieting to us.

We are therefore seriously concerned that perhaps this new eligibility criteria for the NITs has inadvertently crept into the letter dt. 08.April.2016.  To ascertain this we had applied in RTI for some specific information concerning this, but the file is somehow not accessible to the dealing CPIO to provide us the details.

Because this issue affects the lives of lacs of students, and every day is precious to their preparations, IAC urges you to kindly URGENTLY and PERSONALLY re-examine this matter so that the average / poorer students who do not have the benefit of coaching even for Board exams can get a fair crack at the NITs through the IIT-JEE (Mains) as they do presently.

Needless to say that IAC fully supports imposing highest standards in India's education, and we say this same requirement for at least 75% in  class 12 criteria should also be equally applied, say, for admission into the National Law Colleges or to sit for the CLAT or for anyone to become the Chief Justice of India or even to practice as an advocate.


Er. Sarbajit Roy

National Convenor,
India Against Corruption, jan andolan
B-59 Defence Colony
New Delhi 110024

Tel : +91-8010205897

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