The IITs stand apart because of their admission procedure and the curriculum they offer to the brilliant minds of India (“Time for IITs to discard the JEE,” June 12). The JEE is one of the toughest exams. Only students with excellent skills can crack it.
The older graduates of IIT will surely agree that the rigours they faced had a great impact on their career achievements. The government should rethink its decision to discontinue the JEE and replace it with a common entrance test for all engineering colleges.
F.A. Ferzaad Mohammed,
It is a paradox that some students who score well in the JEE falter at the academic level in the institution. But not all of them are disinterested in engineering. Students from rural or small town background often face this problem.
The solution lies in the reorientation and rehabilitation of the students through proactive help from the faculty and healthy senior-junior interaction, not in rejecting the “disinterested” students.
The thinking that a common entrance is the solution for student stress is misplaced. Multiple examinations give students multiple opportunities to evaluate and correct their performance. Consider the IBPS Clerk & PO examinations conducted for recruitment to a majority of institutions in the banking sector. A single examination for 19 banks. The result — a candidate gets only two opportunities a year.
Compare this to the earlier days when candidates could take the examinations for each bank separately and thereby increase their chances of getting an employment.
G.S. Jithu Krishnan,