Tuesday, June 07, 2005

FOI: Tamil Nadu scrubs Entrance examinations

Jesus Christ ! Isin't that one of the worst and most uncalled for decisions taken by the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu ?

Chief Minister Jayalalitha accredits this decision to the claim that rural students would stand better chances in making it to top engineering and medical colleges. According to her, the entrance examinations (TNPCEE, and medical inclusive ) have been creating a lot of stress on students and their parents. So, they are scrubbing it away, with the entrance to the institutes being solely dependant on the higher secondary examinations.

I do agree when they argue that the students in the metros have access to specialized entrance exam training centers, whereas the rural students are under-privileged in this regard. But the solution would be to setup such training centers, probably run by the government, to bring in more facilities to such areas rather than shutting down procedures.

When we weigh the pros and cons of this decision, the cons overweigh in my opinion.
1. Its a known fact that it is much easier to score in the higher secondary as the examination questions do not go off-textbooks. No other skill except by-hearting is required. But the TNPCEE entrance examination so far has been the more challenging to crack. It makes the student work and think.
2. So, the quality of students making it to the College of Engineering-Guindy (Anna University) is definitely going to go down. Its going to become like those schools that just take in people blindly based on the 12th grade marks, which mind you are even easier to manipulate, in states like Tamil Nadu. I tell this, because there have been instances.
3. The two examinations are definitely not of the same caliber or quality. It is not true that a student who exceeds in higher secondary would shine in the entrance exam as well. The 1998 state topper got a ~30/50 in the Maths entrance exam if i remember right.
4. What is the future of institutes like IIPE, Excel, ICE, Brialliants. etc ? which run the industry coaching students only for entrance emams.
5. How would it be if the IIT's shut down JEE, and reach a conclusion to take in people based on their higher secondary scores ? :-)
6. So, there would be no such thing called cut-off now, which used to include a factor of higher secondary marks in the majors and the entrance examination marks. So how would the students be ranked now ? based on their total marks ? or only marks in majors ? if the latter is true, theres going to be huge clashes.

Just waiting for DMK to bounce back...I hope they do.

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Blogger Mega said...

Being a student from rural area myself, I feel this rule is a dilution of quality. In this competitive world, it is better to stress and gear people right from getting a seat in good college. People now just need more hard disk, memorising power, and good teachers to correct their papers, to get seats in Engg., and Med. colleges.

Needless to say about corruption in practical marks and harassment from +2 teachers etc.

This is a sick decision.

~Mega

1:53 AM  
Blogger Padmanaban Kumar (paddu) said...

I believe the counselling will still hold good. Wonder what use it is going to be of ? might as well scrap that away too.

I've still not completely got over the rule which brought all engineering colleges under Anna University. We're losing our brandname. To add fuel to the fire, now we have this new rule.

I hate this reign.

2:11 AM  
Blogger Anand Swaminathan said...

Paddu,
While I respect and share your concerns about the scrapped TNPCEE, please get your facts right. You seem to talking like a leader in opposition.

Amma has taken this move to appease DMK and PMK.


"The decision comes in the wake of demands by both the DMK and PMK, both constituents of the Congress-led UPA, for scrapping the entrance examination system in vogue since the 1984-85 academic year.

While the DMK executive last week passed a resolution protesting entrance tests, the PMK had threatened an agitation against the system."


Check out this link :
http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=71861
It is election time and the parties will do anything to appease the rural mass.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Padmanaban Kumar (paddu) said...

Oh ! I didnt know even DMK was in for it ! I was having a hunch there's definitely going to be some opposition to this from the other parties. But if they are all in favor, the students are going to have a really bad time.

One more question. Is this rule applicable for this year's entrance itself ? I mean, is the TNPCEE exam that has already been conducted going to be nullified ?

12:40 AM  
Blogger Padmanaban Kumar (paddu) said...

ok..the news is this years entrance exam is also nullified. ridiculous. all preparations, prayers, hard work - all down the drain.

1:13 AM  

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