The Prime Ministers Scientific Advisory Council (PM-SAC) has drawn attention to the multiplicity of entrance examinations,backed the idea of a national test,and attacked the IIT entrance exam for its negative effect on young minds.
Headed by Prof C N R Rao,the PM-SAC in a recent meeting has drawn up a checklist on essential steps for progress in higher education and commented on the malaise of multiple exams. It has singled out IITs for overburdening students.
IIT entrance examinations not only have the reputation of being difficult and purposeful,but also have a negative effect on young minds. Youths suffer to succeed in the entrance examination,and lose excitement in education itself. Those who do succeed are already exhausted and not able to perform as well as fresh minds, the Council said in a submission to the PM. Examinations have got increasing importance in the last few years. Entrance examinations have become a menace, the Council added.