Teachers’ federation backs IITs against centralised test

The Federation of Central Universities Teachers’ Associations has lent support to the Indian Institutes of Technology for their stand against the Ministry of Human Resource Development’s proposed centralised entrance examination system for higher and technical institutions.

Written by Express News Service | Allahabad | Published:June 17, 2012 3:06 am

The Federation of Central Universities Teachers’ Associations (FEDCUTA) has lent support to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) for their stand against the Ministry of Human Resource Development’s (MHRD) proposed centralised entrance examination system for higher and technical institutions. The teachers’ associations of 40 central universities in the country are affiliated to FEDCUTA.

The IITs have opposed the changes proposed by MHRD on the ground that it would dilute their excellence.

The MHRD has been maintaining that a centralised admission system would spare the students the stress of sitting in multiple entrance examinations,besides reducing the dominance of coaching centres.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday,FEDCUTA president Prof G C Tripathi said,“IITs should be left to decide their own system of admission. Otherwise,their quality will deteriorate.”

Prof Tripathi added that none of the stated objectives as proposed by the MHRD are going to be met through the changes it wants.

“How can including the weightage of Class 12 examination in the entrance test help improve quality of education at secondary level? It can only improve by investing in quality infrastructure and teachers in the schools,” he said.

Prof Tripathi said that the MHRD’s proposed measures smacked of a conspiracy to lower the primacy of IITs and pave way for entry of private players,including foreign institutions.

“The primary and secondary education sectors have already been usurped by the private players. The government now wants to do the same at the higher education level,” said Prof Tripathi.

He added that the central universities were already feeling the tremendous squeeze on their autonomy at the hands of the babus in the ministry and the University Grants Commission.

Rag students and get rusticated
for five years

LUCKNOW: From the coming academic session,ragging students in the educational institutions could lead to more severe punishment in UP. A new directive issued on Friday aksed the management of all educational institutions in the state to rusticate students found guilty of being involved in ragging for a period of five years. The guilty students will also not to be allowed to get admission in any other educational institution in the state during the period of their rustication.

Moreover,the government release said,the guilty students may also have to spend two years in jail or pay Rs 10,000 fine or both. The responsibility for taking action in such matters have been to the vice-chancellor,principal,dean,director and management of the institution.

Principal Secretary (Technical Education) RC Srivastava,who issued the directives after holding a meeting with the representatives of various educational institutions of the state on Friday,said the DMs and Divisional Commissioners will ensure that the institutions will not only try to stop ragging but also publicise their efforts of tackling the menace. A 24-hour helpline will also be set up to guide the victims of ragging. The helpline will keep the written record of every complaint of ragging,he said.

Institutions have been asked to set up anti-ragging squads. As per the release,the districts which have a large number of educational institutions will be considered as “sensitive” and monitoring of such districts will be done from the next academic session at the district,divisional and state levels.

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