The ambitious proposal of the Ministry of Human Resource Development for doing away with examinations till Plus Two will be “too radical” (to implement), the Additional Solicitor General of India , Mohan Parasaran, said on Friday.

“We can only tinker with the system. It is very difficult to change the entire system overnight. We cannot actually do away with the system,” he said, addressing the Annual Day celebration of Sri Vageesha Vidhyashram, a CBSE institution.

“When the proposal came for legal reforms, we said we cannot completely change the system. People will not readily accept it,” he said. “We should actually think of streamlining the entire pattern of education,” he said, and advocated strengthening of the existing system.

Mr. Parasaran who donated a van worth Rs.10 lakh to the school was appreciative of the academic standards of the students and felt certain about the institution’s transformation into a college and a world-class university. He had a special word of praise for the students who anchored the programme, saying: “The students have performed better than anchors in national television channels.”

He was critical of Indian news channels and felt that the country’s news channels had become commercialised and did not present any news of great value when compared to the BBC or the CNN. “They (Indian news channels) only compete with each other because they have lots of stakes,” he said.

Waning value system

Expressing concern over the waning value system in the country, he apprehended that the negative vibes of the Western culture that influenced the younger generation through electronic media and the Internet was the cause for the fall in educational attainment of Indians. The fall in values was due to various factors including the neglect of the joint family system, he felt, observing that even nuclear families were disintegrating. India was going worse than the West where people were gradually taking a liking to the joint family system, Mr. Parasaran pointed out.

He honoured meritorious students with prizes along with the School Advisor and Principal of Urumu Dhanalakshmi College K. Sekar, and the Principal of R.S.K. Higher Secondary School P. Varadarajan.

V. Rajagopalan, Industrialist and Trustee, SVRS Trust, presided over. Presenting the annual report, the Principal T.S. Vijayasree said the institution’s partnership with the community aims to promote the educational, personal, social and civic values.