Sunday, June 17, 2012

Changes in IITJEE will add pressure on students

For thousands of students (including me) aspiring to become engineers, its a chaotic moment for them. With barely 10 months to go for the JEE, students are still in dark clouds regarding the new pattern of IITJEE. The recent stories developing around the new pattern of joint entrance examination literally gives us nightmare, and its quite obvious when our future are at at stake.

Nowadays, most of our chats revolve around those developments. Today our facebook status revolve around new pattern of JEE. Every morning I browse through newspapers just to find stories related to the new pattern of JEE. Well its not just my story, every friend and other thousands of to-be engineers have story to share.

IITJEE is one of the crucial examination in the lives of students. In fact, it decides the future of students. Being one of the toughest exams, students leave no stone unturned to get into IITs. But this year, students are bewildered regarding the new pattern of JEE. We students are suffering the tussle between the government and the IITs. The sudden changes in JEE pattern on would affect us. Its easy to implement changes on paper but its impossible for students to adapt themselves according to the new pattern in such a short period. Mr Kapil Sibal believes that new pattern would put down pressure from students. But unfortunately Mr. Sibal fails to understand that sudden change would affect students appearing for JEE in 2013.

We have been under rigorous training to crack JEE for last couple of years and all of a sudden you are changing the pattern. Is it fair Mr. Sibal?

Mr. Sibal dreams to put an end to coaching and tutorial classes. But if thinks that including board marks in JEE will eliminate 40 billion industry then he must think again. Inclusion of board marks would, in fact, encourage coaching institutes. Moreover it also contradicts the aim of the change; it will add up more pressure on students.

As the present scenario is concerned, the syllabus of JEE and board syllabus differs a lot. So, just reading textbooks surely won't work for the JEE. Coaching classes comes to rescue. They guide students for the preparation of JEE syllabus along with other competitive examinations. Without coaching & tutorial classes, its very hard (though not impossible) to get into IIT. As a consequence, coaching industry has turned into 4000cr business.

To make sure that coaching classes find their way to graveyards, its necessary to change the syllabus. Today, JEE paper lack the aptitude part. In fact, coaching institutes mostly focuses on solving tougher problems mechanically, rather than building concepts. Adding aptitude section would surely give a blow to coaching industry.

I personally believe that the present system needs several changes to pick the best minds into the best institutes but the changes should be incorporated gradually. Changing the pattern all of a sudden would create chaos among students and also add pressure on them. I hope that the crisis would soon find a solution which would benefit the education system and gradually help students to show up their potential.