Every year, lakhs of aspirants face tremendous pressure to crack the entrance examination for admission to various Engineering and Medical colleges in the country. In order to eliminate this pressure, the Supreme Court on Friday, February 04, 2017, asked the Government to come up with some framework in order to do away with the single test system for the students.
As per reports, the Court urged that for admission into the engineering institutes of the country, 40% weightage should be taken from the Boards examination and 60% weightage from the entrance examination. The court said,“It is wrong that the entire future of a student is decided by his/her performance in the entrance examination.” It further added, “we cannot pass an order on the issue and it is for the government to regulate the system and frame the policy.”
The CPM’s student wing SFI also filed a PIL for the regulation of Private coaching institutes in the country. The PIL stated that such institutes “exploit” students by demanding a huge amount of money. Advocate Deepak Prakash, on behalf of the SFI, said that the Private Institutes must be banned as only students belonging to the rich family were able to take the benefits leaving behind the students who cannot afford to enrol their name in such institutes. He also contended that the centre at the least must enforce a law to regulate the Rs. 40,000 crore private coaching business.
The petition said, “Because of the hype created by the aggressive advertising by the coaching institutes, when a child realises that he can’t make it to the medical or engineering course, the guilt of spending his/her father’s hard-earned money on coaching classes leads him/her to commit suicide”.
The Supreme Court expressed its concerned regarding the commercialisation of education in the country. However, the court said that such institutes must be regulated but they cannot be banned. The court agreed that the school education has now acquired a secondary position in comparison to the coaching centres, however, they stated that the regulation can only be done by the Government.
Advocate Harvinder Kaur Chowdhury, on behalf of the HRD Ministry, said that this issue has been taken into consideration by the Government and they are working towards it with full commitment for the welfare of the students.