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When there are so few seats and so many candidates, the authorities conducting the AIPMT ought to weed out all possibilities of cheating.

Updated: June 20, 2015 12:00:39 am

Letter of the Week:

The apex court is right in maintaining its stand on the re-examination of the All India Pre-Medical Test, however harsh it may seem to parents, students and the Central Board of Secondary Education (‘Credibi-lity retest’, IE, June 17). When there are so few seats and so many candidates, the authorities conducting the test ought to weed out all possibilities of cheating. Their failure to do so gave an unfair advantage to several students, who made use of technology to get the answers. The fact, however, remains that conducting an exam involving such large numbers, with more than 1,000 centres, is no mean task. A long-term solution must be found. A repeat of what happened cannot be allowed.

– J. Akshay, Bengaluru

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L.K. Advani has fired a salvo at his former protegé, Narendra Modi, without actually naming him, (‘The E Word’, IE, June 19). It is no secret that Advani and Modi do not see eye to eye, and that the older man feels slighted by how he was eased out of the prime ministerial race. His remarks come at a time when there is a sense that not only is the government interfering in too many things, but also that general intolerance is on the rise. Advani may have triggered off the thought, but it is up to every citizen to ensure that the terrible days of the Emergency do not return.

– J.S. Acharya, Hyderabad

Rehab required

This refers to ‘Losing home’ (IE, June 19). Migrant Tamils have the right to live in peace and harmony in Sri Lanka. It may be recalled that a large number of civilians had fled the warzone and started migrating as refugees to the southern parts of India. In this context, the Sri Lankan government urgently needs to work on rehabilitation for the displaced, and make this a priority.

– P. Senthil Saravana Durai, Mumbai

Suitable silence

As the opposition questions the government’s claims on “Lalitgate”, the BJP has maintained a studied silence. The Congress demands the ouster of Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje. One of the two will probably have to go to keep the carping critics quiet. Raje will probably become a scapegoat, while Swaraj will be saved for now, keeping the RSS in mind. The BJP’s silence suits it as action, not words, is needed.

– M.R. Jayanti, Mumbai

Policy failure

‘Look who all got in as poor in this Delhi school’ (IE, June 19) not only raises the matter of fake certificates, but also points to the failure of the education system in India. Touts being approached for admission in schools is a signal that something is wrong with the system. On the one hand, private schools don’t want to take children from economically weaker sections. On the other, parents believe that government schools do not offer a bright future.

It’s high time the government implemented an efficient education policy, so that even those who cannot go to “efficient private schools” are not at a disadvantage.

– Pankhuri, New Delhi

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