SC asks centre to frame guidelines to do away with single engineering test
After Central Board of Secondary Education scrapped the 40 percentage weightage given to class 12th board marks in calculating JEE Main All India Ranks for the admission year 2017, the Supreme Court has now come up with an advisory for the reversal of the decision taking a tough stand against a single test deciding the future of students. In a latest move, the apex court has asked the central government to frame guidelines to do away with the system of single test deciding the student’s future. “40% weightage should be given to results of the Board exams and 60% for performance in the entrance exams while shortlisting candidates for admission to engineering and medical courses. It is wrong that the entire future of a student is decided by his/her performance in the entrance examination,” said a bench of Supreme Court.
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According to a report by Times of India, the advisory to the government was communicated by a Supreme Court bench comprising of Justice A.K. Goel and Justice U.U. Lalit while hearing a PIL filed by CPM's student wing SFI. In the PIL, the SFI has asked the apex court to direct regulation of coaching institutes which demand a hefty amount as fee and exploit the students.
Expressing its concern over the commercialisation of education and thriving private coaching, the bench has asked the government to put in place a mechanism to regulate these private coaching institutes. “We cannot pass an order on the issue and it is for the government to regulate the system and frame the policy,” said the bench. The court also said that while these private coaching institutes need to be regulated, there couldn't be a blanket ban on them.
On behalf of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Advocate Harvinder Kaur Chowdhury, informed the apex court that this issue is under consideration and the government is committed to the welfare of students.
The advisory from the court comes months after class 12th weightage for JEE Main ranking was done away with for 2017. This move comes at a time when MHRD has proposed a single common entrance test for engineering from 2018 onwards on the lines of NEET. The ministry is deliberating on the feasibility of such an exam. The proposal now needs to be reconsidered, which was otherwise expected to be welcomed by all students who can concentrate on their Class XII as well as the single entrance and avoid stress on preparing for the many entrance tests.
In 2016, NEET had emerged as a single national test for admission to MBBS and BDS programmes in all government, private and deemed medical and dental colleges/universities in India, replacing All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) as well as all state level medical entrance examinations.
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