Was it right ?
"Amma" Jayalalithaa has done the students a bit of good by abolishing the entrance examinations.So say the wise men. But is it really good ?
Tamilnadu is perhaps one of the few states in india which has a comparable technical education quality.Now what needs to be looked at here is the students of the CBSE stream.The CBSE stream as it is known lays emphasis more on application of concepts learnt and not the by rote system.In fact as a CBSE student entering the state controlled universities, i was shocked to learn that for the exams the questions will not deviate from solved examples of the prescribed text books ! This being the case the quality of students entering the universities to do engineering and medicine will mostly be those who are schooled in this kind of thought, ie the by-rote system.Won't that lead to a rot of the quality of technical students coming out ? At a time when our country is being plauded for the technical quality of its students is this a right step ? I think "Amma" has faltered a bit here.The so called entrance examination needs to be abolished.No doubt in that.But i think an entrance examination along the lines of the JEE of the IIT's and another one for mediccal studies would do good.
The idea of admitting students to professional courses based on their performance in the school leaving examinations, which was being practised in BITS-pilani all these years, has been abolished, the authorites having realised their follies.
Isn't it time we learnt from someone else's mistakes ?
In as much as i admire "Amma" for her policies, i think this is one step in haste, which has far reaching consequences !
Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 9:07 AM